September 26, 2018

Jacob Rose, Cecil Rose, Lynden Rose and Sharon Rose have etched significant chapters in Bahamian sports history. Indeed, the Rose clan members, individually, have been instrumental in enhancing the Bahamian Sports Brand.

Collectively, they compare favorably with other mega sports families of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, such as the Rodgers line (Andre, Lionel, Adrian, Roy and Randy); the Fords (Wenty, Eddie, Wardy, Linda, Mario, Kevin, etc.) and the Thompsons (Colin, Mychal, Andy, Mychel, Klay and Trayce).

Recently, the sports legacy of the Rose family was further embellished when a later generation standout, Kyle Rose, was named to the final list for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) 2018 Hall of Fame. Rose, the son of Paul Rose, a standout basketball player out of Grand Bahama, is scheduled to be inducted along with six others into the SIUE Hall of Fame on October 13. The ceremony is to take place at the SIUE Meridian Ballroom at the Morris University Center in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Kyle’s claim to fame is a brilliant career on the Cougars’ track and field squad, 2005-08. The SIUE website summarizes his exploits:

“A nine-time All-American, Kyle Rose excelled in sprinting events. His list of All-American honors includes the 2005 400-meters days indoor; 2005 4X400 meters relay indoors; the 2006 400 meters dash outdoors; the 2007 400 meters dash indoors; the 207 4 X400 relay outdoors; the 2008 400 meters dash indoors; the 2008 4X400 meters relay indoors; and the 2008 4X400 meters relay outdoors.

“Rose was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Athlete of The Year at the 2007 Outdoor Championships. He also won 15 GLVC individual events during his collegiate career and earned 18 All-GLVC honors.”

Father Paul was elated when he was informed of the selection of his son to the induction list.

“I’m very proud of him. I would like for Bahamians to know about the achievement. I understand how special it is for him. I am happy for him and know the sports feel. I appreciated my development in Grand Bahama in basketball. I played with the likes of Basil ‘The Kid’ Sands and others,” said Paul as he reminisced a bit.

Congratulations are due to Kyle, his father Paul and by extension the rest of the Rose family. Kyle is just another prime example of the rich sports lineage we have been blessed with here in The Bahamas.

We are now seeing more and more evidence of the superb Bahamian-rooted sports talent passing on through generations. For instance, Kendal “Tiny” Pinder is a former collegiate star in the United States at Miami Dade North and North Carolina State. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Atlanta Hawks in 1979 and went on to have a distinguished professional career playing for the Harlem Globetrotters, and in Australia.

His son Keanu five years ago was selected to the Australian Under-19 national squad and is one of that country’s leading basketball players.

As the Bahamian links spread throughout the world, our sports tradition is enhanced accordingly.

Go Kyle!

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