Little sluggers set for Charlotte

The local little league has a busy
summer of overseas competition planned for Cayman’s kids.

The Cayman Islands Little League
travel team is heading to Charlotte North Carolina at the end of May to
represent local little league baseball and more importantly the Cayman Islands in a tournament designed for players ages
11-12.

It is a highly competitive venue
serving as the warm up for the larger tournament in Puerto Rico, which is
the International Qualifier for teams aiming to play in the Little League World
Series being held in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania in August.

The local little league’s travel
division on a whole have huge plans for future players and fielding a side
to compete abroad is being pushed as a reward for players who excel.

To facilitate the travel division’s
plans a number of fund-raising activities are about to take place. One of the
first is this Friday May 14 in the form of a barbeque.

Head coach for the 12U travel team
Dayne Brady will be grilling up jerk chicken at 6pm at the Field of Dreams
facility. On the day the chicken will be served with two sides at $10 per
plate.

Coach Brady spoke about the
importance of the travel division and supporting the fund-raisers.

“We need to get the word out, not
just to raise funds for our tournament team but to raise awareness for the program
as a whole,” Brady said. “Through greater participation we can grow the program
and with more players we can grow our travel team efforts.

“However endeavours like this take money
and the Cayman little league is a totally non-profit organization that relies
on donations and fundraisers to pay its bills. We want to appeal to the public
for help to make these players’ dreams come true and to help the dreams of our
future travel team players as well.”

For Cayman’s little league program
this year marks the first time attempt at attending the Little League World
Series, arguably the premier event for young baseball players.

One of the areas the kids could use
help in is with sponsorship. Different aspects of the travel division could use
support such as uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.

This initial foray into the World
Series, as Brady states, has been translating into loads of practise for Cayman’s
young sluggers.

“Our players are on the field five
days a week to prepare and they must all keep up their grades,” Brady said. “They
are determined to put the Cayman Islands on
the map.  They need your help.

“Our players are working day and
night to raise the money to see them through to the World Series with car
washes, cook outs and a golf tournament as well as sponsorship drives. 
Travel is a separate part of the regular season so to participate and raise
funds individually is no small task.”

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