Pat really gets his kicks

There is no doubt kickball is a hit
in Cayman.

The annual kickball fundraiser is
usually well-attended and well-received and this year’s version was no different.

Sponsored by Maples and Calder this
year last Saturday’s event attracted some 21 teams to the Field of Dreams from
roughly 11am until 6pm.

All sorts of brands and companies
were represented from Doghouse bar and The Security Centre to Corona Light.

As usual the Cayman Humane Society
was the chief charity that benefited from the tournament. Estimates at this
point state the society received CI$5000.  

As tournament organizer Patrick
Bourque states it was a great event for all concerned.

“Everyone had a great time though
no one expected it to be such a long thing. Then again everyone got their
money’s worth.

“I think next year more teams will
need to be eliminated from the round-robin. If we have an even number of teams
there might even be a tournament bracket.

“But everyone said it was
well-organized and a good cause. Also the weather helped (at 5am we had rain)
and saved us through the setbacks.”

This year’s event may still be
fresh in the minds of many but Bourque already has his thoughts on improvement
for next year.

“I think my goal of raising $15,000
for the society was a little too ambitious. I think one of the bigger setbacks
in that regard was we had tournament t-shirts that didn’t sell. We still have a
lot left over.

“Mind you between sponsorships and
team fees we totalled about $12,000. But we also had like $8,000 worth of
expenses. Part of that was the $1500 grand prize for first place (which the
Beaver Hunters and BeeGee Ballers split).

“I don’t think next year we’ll use
a monetary prize. This year that prize raised emotions a little too much.”

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