“This is my first time in Cayman and I’m lucky that my wife and daughter were able to come on this trip, too. We spent a lot of time at the beach; my daughter has really liked being in the water.”
Al-Farouq Aminu is an American-Nigerian basketball superstar – and currently a forward for Portland Trail Blazers – who visited Cayman last week to participate in the Camana Bay Basketball Camp. Aminu plays internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team and will be representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics Summer Games in Rio, following on from his experience at the 2012 London Olympics. “I was lucky enough to represent Nigeria at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and I really enjoyed the experience,” Aminu says. “You get to meet people from all walks of life, people who you wouldn’t meet normally, so it’s a great experience.”
Having made his first appearance in the NBA when he was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 draft with the 8th overall pick, Aminu has since played for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks before his current position with the Portland Trail Blazers.
As the special guest coach for the 8th annual Camana Bay Basketball Camp, which ran from 18-22 July, young athletes benefited from Aminu’s coaching to improve their basketball skills, play in live games and make new friends. The kids who participated gained valuable insight from this NBA superstar, who passed along the following advice to Cayman’s young sportsmen and women: “Be kind and work hard. A lot of people have talent, but the ones that you see succeed are the ones who are good people too. That is so important to remember.”