Thursday, February 4, 2010

UVI Opens LAI Action with ‘Past-Present,’ Celebrity Challenge Games

UVI President Dr. David Hall, center, presides over the presentation of $3,000 checks to local non-profit organizations Kidescope, Inc., at left, and the Gentleman’ Club of Addelita Cancryn Junior High.

UVI kicked off its fourth basketball season in the Intercollegiate Athletic League (LAI) on Saturday, Jan. 30, with the annual “Past-Present” game, featuring former UVI team members challenging the current Buccaneers men’s basketball squad. The 2010 Bucs struggled a bit early in the game, but came back strong to easily best the old timers in the second half. The UVI Athletics Department also raised $6,000 for two local non-profit organizations at a fundraising celebrity game prior to Saturday’s “Past-Present” game. V.I. community leaders, including members of the Virgin Islands Legislature, provided spirited competition and lots of laughs for appreciative fans. Following the game, the Athletics Department presented checks for $3,000 each to representatives from Kidscope, Inc. and the Gentleman’s Club of Addelita Cancryn Junior High. Funds for the presentations were raised by the sale of VIP seating for the “Past-Present” game. For more information on the effort, contact Sean Georges at (340) 690-1477 or Denelle Baptiste at (340) 201-0739.

Members of the celebrity squads helped raise $6,000 for Virgin Islands non-profit organizations in a game following the annual “Past-Present” game at UVI on Jan. 30.