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Tim Duncan returns on the basketball court in a pick-up game in his hometown

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Tim Duncan returned to the Virgin Islands this weekend to take part in a basketball game for a good cause.

NBA Basketball legend and the Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan took to the court at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center here on Saturday for a friendly game organized by Sun Stroke Promotions.

The game enjoyed a full house of Virgin Islanders, many of whom came out to see the retired Duncan play the game that made him — and in many respects the Virgin Islands — famous.

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Duncan’s USVI Relief Fund was instrumental in helping people affected by two hurricanes that hit the Virgin Islands last year. He continues to bring disaster relief and awareness to the island. The game Saturday was also held in support of the revival of the Hood Hoops Inter-neighborhood Youth Basketball League. Proceeds of the game will go toward the youth league.

According to Rashidi Clenance, founder of Sun Stroke Promotions and a close friend of Mr. Duncan’s, the proceeds of the game will go towards the revival of the Hood Hoops Inter-neighborhood Youth Basketball League, which will be presented by Sun Stroke Promotions and the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is expected that the league will help steer impressionable youth toward a path of discipline and success.

Following the game, Mr. Duncan was honored by the Government of the Virgin Islands, with 32nd Legislature Senate President Myron Jackson presenting a plaque while reading out the contents of a bill signed into law in honor of the basketball hall of fame inductee. Mr. Duncan was all smiles while receiving the plague, and seemed to have enjoyed the friendly match.

Duncan, considered to be the greatest NBA power forward of all-time, remains an inspiration to people in the Virgin Islands.

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