Former Basketball Coach and founder of the Upcountry Basketball in Liberia, Harold Emmet McGowan has arrived in Monrovia ahead of the official kick-off of the competition on November 8 2018 in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The Upcountry Basketball tournament renamed the Harold McGowan was initiated in the early 1970’s to help promote the game among high schools of the central region, which then comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.
This year’s event which is scheduled for this Thursday, November 8, 2018 will feature Ten High schools from five counties in a basketball festival in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Mr. McGowan arrived in Monrovia on Friday, October 26, 2018 along with wife Effua Ajavon McGowan and paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
The former American Peace Corps and Basketball Coach expressed joy over the manner in which national government has gotten involvement with the promotion of the Upcountry basketball tournament.
He recounted that the essence of the Upcountry Basketball tournament was to bring together young students and improve unity through the game, it also aims to serve as a catalyst for academic excellence and growth of the sport at the national level.
Harold Emmett McGowan asserted that as Peace Corps, he used basketball as a developmental tool to help develop the characters of the students which he believes is making significant difference in the lives of those who benefited from the program.
Also speaking at the occasion, Youth and Sports Minister, D. Zeogar Wilson thanked the former Peace Corp for the service over the years to the central region and Liberia at large.
Minister D. Zeogar Wilson asserted that national government will continue to provide the space for youths to aspire in order to assist with the developmental agenda of the Pro-Poor government.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy Quamie welcomed the return of the honoree asserting that it will help to motivate the students and strengthen the staging of the event.
Deputy Minister G. Andy Quamie thanked the American Embassy for the support in staging this year’s competition while he called on businesses and other international organizations to emulate similar example.
In furtherance, the 2018 edition of the Harold McGowan Upcountry Basketball tournament will feature 10 high schools, including 2 female basketball teams from five counties.
The schools include: Host Tubman Gray High School and St. Martin of Bong County, WP.L. Brumskine of Grand Bassa County, Ganta United Methodist and Bishop Carroll High from Nimba County, Zorzor Central High and Lutheran Training Institution of Lofa County and C.H. Dewey High School of Bomi County.
While the female category will bring together 2 All Star Teams from participating Institutions in the Tournament for exhibition games