The Team Hurricane Basketball Academy shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Bermuda Charities Act of 1978. Team Hurricane Basketball Academy uses the sport of basketball as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of young men and women. We work with talented players (7-21 years of age) from all parts of Bermuda who have the talent, ability and desire to play basketball in a competitive environment. We seek to build high character student-athletes who bring a commitment and joy to the game, as well as being distinguished for the integrity and class that they bring to the sport, their families and their community. Team Hurricane Basketball Academy provides a platform in which student-athletes can train, develop and reach their academic and athletic potential. We seek to provide the best competitive basketball experience for student-athletes who want to pursue a college education. Our programs will include training, mentoring, academic tutoring and assisting student-athletes in navigating the college recruiting process.
Team Hurricane’s Students First Educational Program is organized and overseen by Registered Psychologist, Dr. Mellisa Gibbons Tankard of HARTT Services and former Project Director of Higher Achievers Afterschool Program in Washington DC.
Consistent with established programs that focus on developing the scholar athlete, Students First provides direct academic assistance for students in the form of academic screening, individualized tutoring (based on perceived needs) and guidance towards other professionals that can assist with their long term career goals on and off the basketball court. This program has merit and potential and can assist Team Hurricane coaches with providing updated information as to the overall potential of the student when recruiters express interest in a player.
Ms. Tankard goes on to say, “The goal of Students First is to also help the student-athlete realize there is a world beyond playing basketball in Bermuda.”
The program has already had a positive impact on Team Hurricane’s student-athletes. Yontz Sutton shares, “I like that it’s one-on-one and focuses on what the individual student needs.”
In keeping with our mission to provide the best competitive basketball experience for student-athletes who want to pursue a college education, Team Hurricane is aligned with Alexander Basketball Academy for the Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp. The fostering of such relationships serves to benefit Bermuda’s student-athletes as we work with other basketball academies experienced in bringing international players to U.S. college coaches.
The Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational Skills Camp will feature: Experienced Coaches – Staff with many years of basketball skill development
• Improve student-athlete’s athletic performance. • Improve student-athletes understanding of the athletic and academic skills needed to attend college.
• Through training and competition, the program will improve student-athlete’s life skills.
“Last April our staff at Alexander Basketball Academy came away from the first Team Hurricane-Global Squad Invitational very impressed with the enthusiasm for basketball on the island. Since that time the student athletes of Team Hurricane have further exhibited their commitment to academic and athletic excellence by attending our Global Squad basketball exposure camp in Philadelphia last summer. Due to their remarkable passion for the game and the tireless efforts of Coach Reed, Team Hurricane has made tremendous strides as a program since last year's camp and I eagerly await our next encounter with these hard-working young men!
With Coaches Doug Reed and Kent Tacklyn committed to finding and providing opportunities for their student athletes, the young hoopsters of Bermuda have a bright future ahead of themselves.”
This experience enables the Team Hurricane Basketball Academy to promote the college experience to its young people while also providing Team Hurricane players the opportunity to learn the game the same way the renowned Syracuse University Orange squad is coached and, in the process, helped the sport of basketball grow in Bermuda. In 2017, 11 student-athletes attended, which included for the first time ever 3 student-athletes from our youth division (ages 7 thru 13). Colby Mapp (NBA Division) was named Most Improved Player, while Colby and camp teammate Sean Tucker vied played in the championship game on the camp’s final day, as did Joshua Dears (NCAA Division). Jalen Currin came away as 3-on-3 Champion (NBA Division).
Improve student-athlete’s athletic performance.
Improve student-athletes understanding of the athletic and academic skills needed to attend
Cultivate a positive attitude towards the benefits of a college education.
Through training and competition, the program will improve student-athlete’s life skills.
The highlight of my camp experience was meeting new people, playing with new teammates and watching the Syracuse team play a game against each other. I was also able to get my Hurricane's knapsack signed by Tyler Lydon, one of the best players on the team. I was hoping to get more signatures but couldn't find a pen. Bummer. I made two awesome new friends, Lucas and Troy. They were two very funny guys. We all still keep in touch and are looking forward to seeing each other next year.