Sports men and women and sporting enthusiasts across the country will have an opportunity to showcase their talents this Saturday, December 7, as the Playaz Youth Academy of St Vincent and the Grenadines holds its inaugural Hunger Games event at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex. 

Hunger Games 2k19 is expected to be a day of great competition as teams and individuals vie for championship titles in events such as three-on-three basketball three-point shootout; five-a-side netball competition; five-a-side football competition; bicycle skills challenge; domino competition, hot dog eating competition and a cross fit challenge.

Champions in the various competitions will receive cash prizes.

The event is also designed to bring families together for a day of fun. There will be entertainment for the children with the availability of bouncing castles and face-painting. 

Music will be provided by a DJ as part of the entertainment package. The event is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m and continue into the night.

Admission is free.

Eats and drinks will be on sale.

In an interview earlier today, and PYA’s founder and President Orlando Fergusson said despite few challenges he was excited about Saturday’s event. He said a lot work was being done in organizing the major event and he is optimistic of its success.

The PYA’s Hunger Games event is not merely an exhibition of skills but it is also an opportunity for athletes and potential athletes to be discovered.

Fergusson said that the decision was taken to award cash-prizes because it is the Christmas season and persons will have better opportunity to buy what they choose. 

Hunger Games 2k19 is the PYA’s second event for the year. The organization held a successful two-week basketball training summer camp at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex in August. It was the second of the annual basketball training programme for the nation’s youth. Over 60 basketball enthusiasts registered for that summer programme – almost twice the number who registered in last year’s inaugural training programme. 

The summer programme teaches basic skills in shooting, dribbling, defending, rebounding and passing. Apart from the sport itself, the young basketball enthusiasts are also taught about social issues and are given motivational speeches by career professionals.

The youth training basketball programme took such a leap this year that the PYA hosted basketball coach and recruiter Mack Cleveland of California, USA.