1st February 2008
UB RECREATION & SPORTS
REFLECTIONS FROM THE DIRECTOR
KIRK "SHABBA" SMITH
The goal of the Department of Recreation & Sports is to improve the personal growth of
the student body, by promoting good health practices. This is accomplished through the
development and administration of sports programmes that focus on encouraging and
maintaining a physically active lifestyle, through both individual and group activities.
Our mission involves promoting mental and physical health via: quality facilities, equipment
and programmes that offer a broad range of coordinated activities. This is augmented with
instructional classes which compliment the academic environment and fulfill basic human
needs including: relaxation, socialization, and having fun.
The University's sports and recreational programmes are geared to provide wide participation
in intramural activities (within the students), extramural activities (among various faculties
of the university) and inter-tertiary or varsity sports activities (representing UB amongst
elite athletes in national and international sporting events).
My vision for the department is to someday, be on equal footing with the NCAA Division 1
in various disciplines including: basketball, softball, football, volleyball and track & field.
Most importantly, concerning academics, I aspire to see each student athlete graduate.
Beyond this I also wish for them to develop and exhibit a sense of commitment to their
community. This is very important because we must engender a sense of involvement and
dedication to the ongoing development of our country and its human resources.
The long-range goal of the Department of Recreation & Sports is to provide opportunities
for our student-athletes to obtain scholarships and participate at the collegiate level in the
United States of America. Of note, the Black Jaguars Men's Basketball Team recently
celebrated one such instance, with our Big Man, Lennox Cayetano, obtaining a full athletic
scholarship to Southwest Assemblies of God University in Texas, USA. Occasions like
these allow our student-athletes the chance to broaden their horizons on several levels.
Hopefully, Lennox is the first of many more Black Jaguars to earn an opportunity to represent
UB, as well as Belize, on the North American collegiate stage!
According to the Director of Recreation & Sports, he aspires to have UB become widely
recognized as the top university in our region, both academically and athletically! Therefore,
we continue our quest toward growing a culture of excellence".
UB RE('REATION & SPORTS
In keeping with the overall mission and vision expressed by UB's President, Dr. Santos Mahung, the Department of
Recreation & Sports embodies a prominent role. He acknowledges the important role it plays in the holistic development
of our student body. One of the means through which the President seeks to incorporate this partnership is through
using sports & recreation as a means through which to engender and foster increased community spirit.
The Administration's commitment will be manifest through the development of a sports stadium on the Central
Campus, along with adjacent fields and courts for intra-mural use involving: a softball field, football field and a multi-
purpose outdoor facility, featuring multiple basketball courts. Given that UB is a multi-campus facility, development
will extended beyond that of the Central Campus, with works on the Belize City and Toledo Campuses. These will
include the development of football fields and blacktop basketball courts. It is envisaged that such moves will assist
grately in facilitating the advancement of intra-mural sporting activities on those campuses.
UB offers opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sporting disciplines, at various levels. Among these
offerings are: softball, football, canoeing, volleyball and basketball to name but a few. The past three years have
proven very successful for the Black Jaguars' sports teams, with the University gaining national and regional recognition
in the competitive disciplines of: canoeing, softball and basketball. The La Ruta Maya River Challenge is but one
stage on which UB's teams have proven highly competitive. In yet another area, recently the co-ed softball team did
extremely well at the ATLIB Softball Tournament by garnishing first place!
Among UB's many athletics successes is its Canoe Team. For the past five years, we have fielded several teams,
which have all faired well. In keeping with our efforts to provide a diversity of activities for our student body, the
University is in the midst of further developing the Lady Jaguars Canoe Team.
This effort will be grately advanced through the generosity of private sponsorship. One of UB's major benefactors,
in this discipline, is Koope Sheet Metal, located in Spanish Lookout. The programme received a financial boost with
the recent donation courtesy of Messers. Peter and Henry Koop. UB's Dean of Students, Dr. Jean Perriot, was on
hand to receive a cheque in the amount of $5,321.00.
The University takes this opportunity the thank Koop Sheet Metal for their continued sponsorship of our canoe
Pictured above from left to right
Mr. Peter Koop, Dr. Perriot and Mr. Henry Koop
Amongst the most recognisable and established sports team at the University is the Men's Basketball Team. After
only three years since their inception, the team has complied an impressive list of accomplishments, which span both
national and regional competition. Following is a brief list of successful tournaments, registered by the team:
* Belize Basketball Association National Champions
* March Punta Gorda Tournament Champions
* April Dangriga Mayor's Cup Tournament Champions
* July Black Jaguar Shoot-out Champions
* October Brannon Brothers Tournament Champions
* December ATLIB Tournament Champions
* July Cuidad Del Carmen(Mexico) Tournament- Champions
* November -UniversityMerida Tournament- Champions
* December Flores(Guatemala) Festival Tournament- Champions
* December ATLIB Tournament- Champions
UB MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM 2007-2008
Of note, the squad is scheduled to participate in the upcoming Central American University Games during
March 2008, in Costa Rica. We are certain that our guys will represent UB, as well as, the country of Belize
admirably. Bring home the gold. GO BLACK JAGUARS!
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DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION
& SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS
#13 Lennox Bowman
#9 Tyrone Castlllo
#15 Lindbergh Graham
# Jorett Jones
#4 Farron Louriano
# 1 Travls Lennan
#11 Wordsworth Lucas
S#14 Benedict Terry
# 7 Stephen Williams
S#12 Ryan Zunlga
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Apart from the athletic achievements of the Black Jaguars Men's Basketball Team, we have enjoyed
a variety of other successes, which transcend the hardwood. The overall concept underlying the
team's development, involved providing Belizean youth with greater opportunities to access tertiary
education, via sports. Concurrently, each student-athletes is required to maintain a GPAof 2.50, in
order to retain their full-athletic scholarship
* To-date seventeen (17) Belizean youths, from throughout the country, have been afforded
the opportunity to further their educational endeavours.
* Over the past three (3) years, (2) two student-athletes have successfully completed their
course of study (1 BA& 1 AA).
* The team's average GPAis 2.80.
* Recently, we celebrated the awarding of a full-athletic scholarship to a Black Jaguar student
athlete, to attend a four-year university in the United States. This is hopefully the first of
many more to come!
* Participated in various tournaments, both at home and abroad, and compiled an impressive
* Community participation and development -All levels of the Black Jaguars (Administration,
Coaching Staff and Players) have oined with SPRITE to host a youth summer basketball
camp. This assists with allow our student-athletes to develop a sense of service and
commitment to their communities. In essence, it creates a win-win situation.
UB'S BIG MAN, OFF TO COMPETE IN THE US
We are pleased to announce that our very own, Lennox Cayetano was awarded a full athletic scholarship to the
Southwest Assemblies of God University.
Lennox, who is a sophomore, hails from Belize City and is an original member of the UB Black Jaguars. At 22
years, weighing 240 lbs and standing 6' 8", he is UB tallest player and player the Centre position.
When asked to describe his game, Coach Sirkoki explained, "He is our enforcer in the middle. He can play with
his back to the basket or face up and hit the ten foot jump shot. Lennox runs the floor well for his height".
During this season Lennox made considerable strides in his development as a basketball player. He averaged 8
points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals per game. Additionally, he shot 52% from the field and 68% from the foul-line.
In addition to his athletic exploits, Lennox is the prototype student-athlete. He majored in Computer Sciences and
maintained a 2.80 Grade Point Average.
Southwest Assemblies of God University is located outside of Dallas, TX USA is a member of the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Red River Athletic Conference. The team is
known as the Lions.
Lennox departed Belize on Wednesday, 2nd January 2008 and will have 2 1/2 yrs of eligibility.The scholarship is
valued at BZ$44,000 per year.
The entire UB community is proud of Lennox, as we are certain he will excel both academically and athletically.
UB hopes that he is the first of many who will be able to earn scholarships and broaden their horizons via athletics.
Congratulations Lennox and good luck. You are an ambassador for not only UB, but also for the entire country of
Belize. We are certain that this leg ofyourj oumey will prove fruitful on all levels!
For those who wish to keep track of his development, you are encouraged to peruse the Southwest Assemblies of
God University web site at www.sagu.edu/athletics.
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