Father and daughter train basketball camp in the Bahamas – L’Observateur
FREEPORT, Bahamas—St. John Heat Youth Org. Coach and CEO Raffeal Neal, along with his daughter Bria Neal, a prominent member of the Howard Payne University women’s basketball team, will be part of the coaching staff at a basketball camp in Bahamas this summer.
The Building Bridges to the Bahamas and Beyond Radio podcast will host its first basketball camp and revival for young boys and girls ages 9-15, July 15-16, in the Pine Dale neighborhood of Freeport, Bahamas. .
Building Bridges to the Bahamas Radio is a ministry created by Rev. Randy Wells and Min. Byron Carter from New Orleans following a missionary trip in June 2016. The show was contracted in 2020 with The Gospel Station of the Grand Bahamas DOVE 103.7, featuring American teaching/preaching and music gospel. The show now has a footprint encompassing 46 cities, eight countries, five weekly shows, four radio stations, three streaming stations, live shows in two countries and five million monthly online views.
Rev. Wells and Min. Carter went on mission trips for more than a decade, preaching in churches and organizing musical events, feeding programs and other activities for the underprivileged.
In August 2021, Wells and Carter were lured to the Pine Dale neighborhood in Freeport, Bahamas, located near the 8 Mile Rock neighborhood that saw the upbringing of NBA Star Buddy Hield and WNBA Star Jonquel Jones.
On a Saturday afternoon trip to the local park, Wells played team basketball and scoop games with more than a dozen Bahamian kids. When he asked how he could support them more as a missionary, they asked if he could provide them with tennis shoes and teach them more about basketball.
At that moment, a vision for a basketball camp was born.
Wells has a long history with Neal, as both men graduated from the University of New Orleans and joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
According to a press release, Wells said, “Coach Neal was the CEO of the St. John Heat Organization and developed his own children, Brandon and Bria, to be exceptional players. Coach Neal’s character and skill set made him an easy choice, and the addition of having Howard Payne University star Bria Neal is a double blessing.
Bria Neal is an all-conference second-team basketball player who averaged 17.6 points and eight rebounds per game. A graduate of Riverside Academy, she was named ASC Player of the Week this season and scored a career-high 29 points at Belhaven. She was among 31 students recently named to Howard Payne University’s annual “Who’s Who” list for their academic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to HPU, and potential for future success.
The free basketball camp will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 15, and more than 100 young people from Freeport Island are expected to attend.
For more information visit randywells.net or contact Wells at [email protected]