Deft at basketball despite deafness

Scott Williams is a young talented basketball player and not even the reality of being deaf will stop this energetic 19-year-old from fulfilling his dreams.

Williams, who plays power forward for reigning under-19 champions YMCA Wild Cats in the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association competition, does not intend to limit himself to just playing in Barbados and the coaching staff of the team led by Adrian Craigwell intends to help him fulfill his dream in whatever way they can.

After winning their opening game of the BABA under-19 competition in which Williams featured against Harrison College, Craigwell spoke to Barbados TODAY. He said the young man came and expressed an interest and without hesitation they decided to help him because they saw his love for the sport of basketball.

Zachary Cave (right) jumps high to help out on Harrison College big man Christopher Holder. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Zachary Cave (right) jumps high to help out on Harrison College big man Christopher Holder. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

“He came to us with an interest in playing the sport and we are very excited to have him. We have not actually met a challenge yet. Scott is a very willing participant and we see it as a two-way thing where we try to help him and get some of the other players to even work with him,” Craigwell said of the former Ann Hill student.

He added that even though Williams had an impediment they did not see it as a challenge only for him, but it was for the entire team to deal with it and assist in the basketball programme.

In the presence of his two other coaches Carlos Moore and Darren Hunte, Williams who manages a few words told Barbados TODAY: “I love the sport so much and I want to go overseas and continue to play.”

Craigwell explained that the middle league programme now in its sixth year at the YMCA on Saturdays, was open to anyone who has a general love for the sport.

“Whether impaired or not the programme is there for anyone that is interested in learning the game from scratch and we cover not only the basketball aspect but the aspect of a person involved in basketball. So it is not only to play but to be a lover of the entire composite of basketball,” said Craigwell, adding the programme had not received the kind of recognition it deserved.

“Even though they have not received any recognition from the relevant persons associated with the sport, it continues to do well. It seems people don’t believe in the programme but we have been doing extremely well,” said Craigwell, who is also the coach of Premier League side Station Hill Cavaliers.

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