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Governors Harbour Softball Takes Care Of Its Own
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Posted by:Jun 28th 2009, 01:39:08 am
Fig Tree News TeamHarbour Hustlers sports weekend a big success

By FRED STURRUP ~ NG Associate Editor ~

The settlement of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, was filled with excitement this past weekend. Over a three-day period, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 18-19-20), the Governor's Harbour Hustlers Legends Committee pulled off a very successful sports/social affair.

According to Public Relations Director Kingsley Bethel "the weekend was a blast and very, very successful."

On Thursday there was a video presentation at St. Patrick's Parish, depicting a bit of the history of the Hustlers. The following day, the souse-out and T-shirts were responded to quite well. Then, Saturday was the climax with softball and a "total fun" day at the famed Bayfront Park.

"We were very happy with how the weekend turned out. I still need to get some more clippings to expand the video production but everybody enjoyed what they saw. The souse-out was well-attended and the T-shirts went well. The Eleuthera Softball Association helped out by arranging two games on Saturday and the other was between a team made up of some of the former Hustlers and a junior squad out of Governor's Harbour. The kids had lots of fun with the bouncing castle and generally we all had a good time," confirmed Bethel.

The purpose of the weekend extravaganza in The Harbour was to provide financial assistance to Dave 'Billy' McKlewhite, one of the stalwarts of the island and one of the great softball players in the history if The Bahamas.

It's refreshing to see an island community coming together in grand fashion to help one in need. I was in the settlement several weeks ago to meet with the committee and came away with great admiration for the group. The cause, McKlewhite, who had leg surgery recently, is a pillar in the Bahamian sports family. Although ailing presently, his contribution to the development of his community and Bahamian softball is a standard few have attained. It is indeed heart-warming to see committee chairman Paul Simmons, Vice Chairman Mark Knowles, Treasurer Demetrius Johnson, Secretary Valencia Sands, Bethel and Assistant Public Relations Director Rev. Charles Sands and their supporters come to the aid of McKlewhite. The trend has been set. Chairman Simmons says the aim is to move forward with the assistance program for those who are in need.

It's a most noble concept and Simmons and company are to be congratulated.

The Harbour Hustlers represent prime softball in Bahamian sports history. I see the Hustlers as the greatest Bahamian softball team, one comparable to the best of the best worldwide in any era. That's how good they were, with a quality nine and a deep bench. The Legends Committee is continuing the legacy in a really nice way.

Friday, June 26, 2009

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