A group selfie at The Somerset on Grace Bay
A group photo taken at The Somerset on Grace Bay
Security staff with guests at The Somerset on Grace Bay
Players in a basketball camp at The Somerset on Grace Bay

The Somerset on Grace Bay proudly sponsored the TCI Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp, held at the famed Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex in Providenciales, August 1st – 7th, 2021. The star-studded camp featured professional players from the United States and Europe, aimed at equipping young local basketball enthusiasts and NBA hopefuls with the skills and tools to further their development in the sport. 
An impressive 172 children took part in the camp, ranging in ages from 6 to 18 years. With COVID-19 testing and stringent protocols enacted, the event was a momentous one for both the local youth and the visiting participants. 
The youngsters were privileged to ‘hoop’ with notables like Jeff Rodgers and Ray Macculum, who not only took the students through daily drills and exercises to improve game technique but also imparted wisdom on the importance of proper mindset in striving to become a professional athlete. The enthusiastic campers were challenged to find cohesion and comradery amongst their groups as they were taught that supporting their fellow players was as critical as mastering the fundamentals of the game.
General Manager of The Somerset, Mrs. Snjezana Andrews, shared “The Somerset on Grace Bay has historically placed an emphasis on community support and engagement, with special attention to providing support to the students in our community. We were elated to have been extended the opportunity to partner in this initiative as the areas of group and sporting activities for our youth continue to rebound. The Somerset takes pride in playing a part in the development of well-rounded young adults who will nobly represent Turks & Caicos through their future achievements.”
The visiting players and guests began arriving at the award-winning beachfront Resort on Sunday, August 1st, and enjoyed the idyllic views of Grace Bay Beach from their ocean view villas just steps away from the world-renowned beach for their week’s stay.  Interviews with the celebrity players and coaches captured at the boutique Resort will be highlighted in a documentary recapping the initiative, to be coined: “Making Childhood Beautiful: TCI Basketball Camp”.  

As the first in a series of camps expected to take place annually, The Somerset on Grace Bay is proud to be an elite sponsor for the inaugural week and looks forward to supporting the camp in the future. This year’s visiting players are excited to return to Turks & Caicos for future programs, with many more hoping for an invite to next year’s event.