Hero Tappa’s set to Save Our Youth

Jamaica legend Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore is returning to the Cayman Islands to participate in the Save Our Youth annual football extravaganza.

It’s on October 25 and will be held at the newly renovated Annex Football field in George Town.

Whitmore is the former Reggae Boy who scored Jamaica’s two goals in their 2-1 win over Japan in 1998. They made history as the first ever English speaking Caribbean country to make it to the World Cup stage at the finals in France.

The midfielder turns 36 today. He is currently a player/coach of Seba United in Jamaica and assistant coach of the Reggae Boyz. He played 105 times for Jamaica, scoring 24 times.

He was here in June participating in the fundraising event put on by the Cayman Islands Football Association to raise funds for the building of the Centre of Excellence in Prospect.

Other specially invited guests to this event will include Minister of Youth and Sports Alden McLaughlin, Oliver Samuels, the celebrated Jamaican actor, two representatives from the United States Army; the current Miss Cayman Islands Rebecca Parchment, retired football stars and former National footballers Lee Ramoon and Reynard Moxam and FIFA officials from the region.

This annual event which celebrates its third year will this time come under the theme ‘Positive Choices’ and will be made possible by SOY in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Football Association and prospective sponsors.

This was announced by SOY organizer Richard Barton, a prison officer, at a meeting held recently with CIFA president Jeffrey Webb at to mark the start of the campaign for sponsorship to assist in positively transforming the generation.

Webb said that it was a pleasure for the association to work in unison with SOY to create an atmosphere suitable for helping the young people on this island to make positive choices.

‘It is an honour for CIFA to play an integral part in this effort being made by the members of SOY who have the vision of helping these young people to make positive choices in their lives,’ he said.

‘We at CIFA are prepared to support this effort beyond all limitations and are more than willing to help to mold Cayman’s future generation into a stable and meaningful society.’

SOY is desperately in need of sponsorships and is appealing to the cooperate community to come on board this national endeavor and assist with this venture.

SOY’s ultimate goal of this event is to educate and raise awareness among youths about the dangers of drugs, gang related activities, prison, violence, peer pressure and the importance of making positive choices and also to encourage individuals to choose a healthy lifestyle.

Participating schools in this upcoming event so far are Cayman Prep, Triple C High, First Baptist, New Horizon, Leading Edge, John Grey High, Heritage and Pace. Several age group teams and Girls teams will be taking part as well.

Several football games will be played and these games will be used as a medium to interact with the youths in order to spread the message across to everyone in attendance.

For more information on this event please contact Simon Miller at 925-1265 and 949-9000.