With over 300 people in attendance and the smell of BBQ in the air, the Field of Dreams was the site of a one-of-a-kind fundraiser this past Saturday 31 January in the much anticipated Humane Society Kickball tournament.
Three months of planning by the Sunset Football Club culminated in 22 teams battling for the right to be called Cayman Kickball Champions.
In the end there only could be one and the Doghouse ‘Bulldogs’ edged the Yellow Pages ‘Let Your Balls do the Walking’ squad 4-3 to claim the coveted Kickball Bobble-Head trophy and first place for the second year in a row.
Todd Hazelwood, President of the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, led the way for Doghouse while the likes of Jon Pump, Jon Alban and Denver Classens played well on defense.
For Yellow Pages local footballers Jedd Ebanks and Benjamin Cupid kicked well on the day.
Third place went to the Grant Thornton ‘Brit Ball Bashers’ and honourable mention goes out to the private team of the ‘Beaver Hunters’ who captured the ‘Team Spirit’ award for their re-enactment of ‘The Hunt.’
Team CFP, who called their team the ‘Buzz Bashers’, had a good showing as well. Flag football veteran Alex Angel and Sports writer Matthew Yates led the side to a 2-2-1 mark in division play and the squad missed out on the playoffs by only a few points.
As fun and exciting as it was, the day was not all about the action on the field as much as it was for what occurred off the field.
In an effort to raise money for the 2009 funding of the Sunset Women’s Club and the Cayman Islands Humane Society, the kickball tournament was put together by a small organizing committee on very short notice.
‘We are speechless with the response we received on Saturday and I couldn’t be happier’, says Patrick Bourque from DHL, organizer in chief for the event,
‘We had 22 spirited teams who enjoyed an all day event, we gave away over $10,000 in prizes kindly donated by numerous local businesses. Although the official final count isn’t in we’ve raised over $12,000 for the Sunset Football Club and the CI Humane Society, completely shattering our goal of $10,000!’
This comes as great news for the CI Humane Society, who recently learned that the roof at their North Sound Road location was in desperate need of replacement.
‘We were planning on holding a fundraiser for our Football club’, explains Wanda Brenton captain for the Sunset women’s Football club, ‘however, when we learned about the situation at the Humane Society, we knew we had an opportunity to help.’
And help they did. The Sunset women were responsible and extremely successful in raising over $10,000 in donations to give away at the event through a raffle.
In Bourque’s mind the raffle was a way to award attendees and players for committing to kickball.
‘We thought that it would be a great idea to hold a raffle and reward players and attendees for donating their time and money’, Bourque said.
With the huge outpouring of public support from this year’s event it is more than likely that kickball will be an annual event for good.