Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises LLC.

Fall 2023 - NBE in conjunction with Caribbean Rose made several donations to the VIDE (Virgin Islands Department of Education). Full details are shown in the press release below.

"The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) extends gratitude to Fred and Mary Kopko of Caribbean Rose, Inc. for their contributions to the St. Thomas-St. John District. The company has provided generous donations to assist various academic and athletic programs in the district.

The Kopkos previously contributed to the development of a tilapia farm at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and provided access to their boat to foster instruction for students in marine biology classes. Mr. Kopko later donated the boat to the University of the Virgin Islands for their marine biology program to aid in various excursions.

Even after the passing of Mrs. Kopko, Caribbean Rose, Inc. continues its dedicated efforts to provide resources to the youth of the Virgin Islands by nurturing their growth through sports. One such initiative is the Annual Small Fry Tournament, held at the Audie E. Henneman gymnasium at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School.

Much of the credit for the continued success of this tournament goes to Mr. Wayne Harvey, an employee of the VIDE, whose unwavering commitment has provided young athletes with a platform to engage in basketball. Mr. Harvey's invaluable assistance also played a crucial role in Caribbean Rose, Inc.'s endeavor to procure new equipment for the gymnasium. As a result, the gym has undergone renovations, enabling it to host basketball games and other sporting events.

A new scoreboard and a modern-day basketball floor were purchased and installed as a result of donations from Caribbean Rose, Inc. Additionally, a shotgun basketball training tool and two hydraulic basketball rims were also donated for use in the Small Fry Tournament.

In their most recent contribution to the Virgin Islands Department of Education, Caribbean Rose, Inc. donated basketballs, nets, basketball shoes, and first aid kits. Dr. Lorenzo Donastorg, Health and Physical Education Coordinator for the St. Thomas-St. John District, graciously received these items. They will be distributed to schools, enhancing the quality of physical education for students across the district.

The Virgin Islands Department of Education deeply appreciates Caribbean Rose, Inc.'s unwavering support and philanthropy. The VIDE also extends heartfelt thanks to Mr. Harvey for his dedication in making a difference in the lives of student-athletes."

Charitable Activities

Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises (N.B.E.) in conjunction with Caribbean Rose would like to congratulate Hector Baly. Hector Baly was one of our recent Marine Vocational Program (M.V.P.) graduates in the 2019-2020 academic school year. He was also an assistant instructor aboard the Marlin Prince during that time. He graduated from the Seventh-Day Adventist School on the island. In appreciation of all his hard work, Caribbean Rose awarded him with a $1000.00 scholarship to the University of the Virgin Islands (U.V.I.). He plans on studying Mechanical Engineering and Business at U.V.I. "Thanks again for all your hard work and enthusiasm !!",  Captain Eddie Morrison.

Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises donated $25,000.00 towards the refurbishing and installment of the new hardwood floors at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School.

​​​​Donations to boost BCB Sports

After countless practices at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School gym with his Small Fry basketball team, the V.I. Jaguars, Coach Fred Kopko decided that the best way to promote professionalism and dedication to his young players was to start with the court's appearance itself.

"It all begins with facilities. You can't have poor facilities. We were practicing on rims from Walgreens that were plastic," said Kopko.

With the BCB basketball court - perhaps most notably were the basketball rims. The rims were in dire need of an upgrade. Fred Kopko took matters into his hands. He donated two new basketball rims that cost  $6,800 apiece.

Kopko, a business consultant, and lawyer who moved to St. Thomas from Chicago purchased the rims at the beginning of March 2013.

"I'd been practicing my team there, and I can see that the facilities at BCB are lacking," he said. "So I thought it would be a good idea to contribute some things to the public school."

Kopko, 57, said that he hopes to continue renovations on the court in the future, perhaps starting with improvements to the hardwood floor.

A few kids from BCB played for the Virgin Islands Jaguars, who Kopko has been coaching since 2011.

According to Kopko, finding ways to get his kids more exposure has been a consistent challenge.

"I think athletically we have some very good kids, and we have some kids that are very interested and play a lot. The unfortunate part about being on an island is they don't get a chance to compete as the mainlanders do. In Chicago, there were 50 to 100 teams we could play. The kids down here don't get that opportunity, which hurts their development. But I think that there's definitely Division I basketball talent existing on the island," said Kopko.

Kopko has certainly been around Division I talent in his lifetime. His son, Tom, played for the University of Notre Dame from 2007 to 2011. 

For now, Kopko is focused on building the talent base in the territory, and ensuring that these young players have the best possible equipment to aid them in their development.

"Will we ever get a 50-team tournament? I don't know. but I'd like to see us get a 10 - 15 team tournament," Kopko said. "It's going to be a process."

M.V.P. Charitable Activites

​​VI Fish for Haiti

Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises, in conjunction with Caribbean Rose, hosts a yearly Billfish Tournament to support the Pere Basile Moreau School in Port-Au-Prince Haiti. The school is the best and largest secondary school in Haiti. The school educates over 1200 students. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, it was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain in 1492. The western part, now known as Haiti, was ceded to France by Spain in 1697. The Dominican Republic, on the eastern part of the island, was formed in 1844. An estimated three million people were affected by the 2010 earthquake. Thousands of people tragically lost their lives during the earthquake. The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged during the earthquake.

The earthquake caused major damage to the city of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and other settlements in the region. Notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. The Ensemble Scolaire Pere Basile Moreau Secondary School was destroyed. Every year since 2010 Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises has held the Virgin Island Billfish Tournament for Haiti. Proceeds from the tournament have assisted with the rebuilding of the school and its infrastructure. The next tournament is the 10th Annual Virgin Island Billfish Tournament for Haiti. Visit our "VI Fish for Haiti" page for more information.  

To learn more about the Virgin Island Billfish Tournament for Haiti Click Here.

​​​​BCB Tutoring Program

January 2020 - Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises is proud to announce a new partnership with the VIDOE (Virgin Islands Department of Education). In conjunction with the Virgin Island Jaguars Small Fry Basketball team, Caribbean Rose has started a new program, tutoring athletes to insure continued success not just on the court, but in academics as well. Thanks to talented tutors, including Ginjah Batiste, Dennika Harrigan, and Teejah Daley, the athletes are tutored in Math, English, and Science every weekend before practice at BCB (Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School).

​​M.V.P. (Marine Vocational Program)

Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises in conjunction with Caribbean Rose and the Virgin Islands Department of Education established the M.V.P. to teach sports fishing skills to high school students on the island of St. Thomas, United State Virgin Islands. Captain Eddie Morrison, along with his mate Travis Morrison, works with up to four (4) students each semester. Several students to date have received hands-on knowledge and certificates for their participation and completion of the course. Interested high school students, on the island of St. Thomas, can contact their guidance counselor about the program. For more information, contact Captain Eddie Morrison at 340-998-3446. 

Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises proudly supports the V.I. Jaguars Small Fry Basketball Team.  Founded in 1968, Small Fry Basketball provides an opportunity for shorter boys and girls to excel in the sport of basketball. The program is developmental yet extremely competitive with an opportunity to meet new friends and compete on the international level. The Association consists of teams from all over the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and South America. The competition culminates with the International Small Fry Tournament. To learn more about Small Fry Basketball visit our Small Fry Basketball page.

This year the 52nd Annual International Tournament will be held on the beautiful island of Saint Thomas, U.S.V.I. Click here for more information.