Gov. John deJongh Jr. appeared on national television Monday promoting the U.S. Virgin Islands as a place for business or a vacation destination, according to a news release from Government House.
DeJongh was interviewed on CBS Sports during halftime of the men’s championship game of the Paradise Jam basketball tournament. The governor told CBS’s courtside reporter, Kristen Kenney, that the tournament has brought a lot of benefit to the territory, the release said.
DeJongh spoke of the attraction of the Virgin Islands as a premier visitor destination in the Caribbean and about the business opportunities that exist here because of its location and status as a U.S. territory.
He also spent a few moments thanking the organizers of Paradise Jam for bring the NCAA basketball tournament to the Virgin Islands for the last 13 years. DeJongh said he was pleased the tournament has expanded its reach into St. Croix by providing basketball clinics for the young people of that island.
In the championship game, New Mexico upset No. 21-ranked Connecticut, 66-60, to capture the Paradise Jam title at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.
The women’s tournament opens Thursday.