The fourth annual Elite Basketball Camp is gearing up to end their first week of camp in a big way at the St. George’s Gymnasium.
This coming Friday, June 21, special guest and small/power forward for the Orland Magic Jonathan Isaac is expected to be on the island and will visit and speak with the campers beginning at 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. During that time a special invitation was sent out to other ongoing camps to allow their campers the opportunity to meet with the 2017 NBA Draft’s sixth overall pick, who is expected to share on his upbringing and being a born again Christian.
While the 6'8'' forward is recognized for his highlight leaping ability and rebounding prowess, Isaac is a stout man of faith. Isaac is a member of JUMP Ministries Global Church in Orlando, Florida led by Bishop Dr. Duron Hepburn. The Florida based church is no stranger to the shores of The Bahamas after hosting their Global Food Festival on Grand Bahama back in 2017.
The connection between Grand Bahama and Hepburn was also strengthened by Elite Camp Basketball Director Bonnie Basden who frequents the ministry anytime she visits Orlando since 2006. Hepburn is also a big supporter of Basden’s ministry, The House of Hoops and Dreams.
The Sunland Stingers, coached by Co-Camp Director Jay Philippe, annually travel to Florida during the Christmas vacation to compete in tournaments. While there, Basden and the team worships with JUMP Ministries. That is where the team met Isaac and were treated as his guests to an Orlando Magic game.
“It’s certainly a pleasure to have Jonathan Isaac from the Orlando Magic come and visit our camp,” Basden shared recently, “What’s especially important to us is that he is a born again, saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost Christian.
“To have a young, 21-year old, basketball player that puts God first and living the life of an NBA player and going through what he goes through regularly - every time we see him going to Florida he comes to church and doesn’t look for recognition. He’s also ministered a couple of times at church. He’s a very humble young man and has a strong love for the Lord and really wants to give back and show you can be a Christian and still live in the limelight through Christ.
“We look forward to having him come in and impart some very inspiring and spiritual words of wisdom and his experience so far in the NBA. We’re inviting other camps that want to come out to just experience this young man and hear what he has to say.”
As she touched on the relationship forged between she and Hepburn, Basden was extremely grateful for their connection over the years.
“Dr. Duron is a very big supporter of my ministry and also my camp and he made the arrangement to have Isaac come over so he can be the guest at our camp.
“Bishop Hepburn has been very instrumental over the years of making sure every time I travel to Orlando with the boys to take care of us with lunches, dinners and assisting me in whichever way he can.
“We were able to meet a number of influential persons just by attending his church. We also met the Head Coach of Stetson University through his church.
“I am truly grateful for his interest in my ministry and his love and financial blessings he has poured into us. Whenever he visits The Bahamas my house is always his first stop.
“I want to sincerely thank him for all of the love and support over the years and for making this visit with Johnathon Isaac happen,” she concluded.