The diminutive but, influential and passionate Coach Gladstone “Moon” McPhee continues his campaign for a strong focus on female development through sports.
He is best as they come to speak about the advancement of females through sports.
Today, we put him in the spotlight to help make the point he has been fostering for decades. At 2 p.m. today, a press conference is scheduled at the Ministry of Education in the C. A. Smith Building on the Mall, to announce the 19th Annual HOYTES Geneva Rutherford Female Basketball Invitational Tournament.
The event is scheduled to take place over four days of competition, February 20-23 at the St. George’s Gymnasium.
This year, the venerable coach has another dimension to present. Recently, in association with the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA), McPhee the founder of HOYTES (Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports), forged an arrangement with several business persons in Mississippi to assist in sponsoring a trip for selected players to attend two camps at the University of Mississippi later this year.
“It was really an excellent and rewarding trip we took. I have always wanted to provide meaningful forums for our ladies to develop through sports. This time around, we have something special for some of those, the top shelf players in the HOYTES female invitational. I will appoint a panel that will select the top female players from the tournament and they will be invited to have the opportunity of taking part in two camps in Mississippi later this summer.
“This is a fight I will continue to relish because it is imperative for us to find ways to give balance to the opportunities for the females of our society. Many times, we lean heavily on opportunities for males to develop through sports and otherwise, while the ladies are limited in their chances to grow as young women and as adults. So, I focus with my associates on this female tournament every year. This time, we have something different for them to shoot for,” said Coach McPhee.
Some 20 teams, 12 seniors and eight juniors from New Providence and Grand Bahama will battle for title and bragging rights and of course, the opportunity for players from each squad to rise to the satisfaction of the panel which will select from the All-Tournament Team and other standouts for the trip to Mississippi.
The HOYTES Female Invitational is one of the biggest annual platforms for female basketball in the nation. Out of the tournament have come such as Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin who now heads the Women’s Basketball Program at the University of Mississippi; and outstanding professional player Jonquel Jones.
We fully support Coach McPhee and extend best wishes to the players.