A recent football tournament was a big financial boost in the drive to aid recovering drug addicts. With a charitable organization netting thousands of dollars, clearly sports is a big part of the way forward.
The Hope for Today Foundation earned $2,200 from a one-day football competition. The Ed Bush practice field in West Bay was the site of the tournament last Saturday.
The foundation serves an organisation that effectively operates half-way houses for recovering addicts in the Cayman Islands.
Operations Manager for the foundation Frank ‘Bud’ Volinsky spoke about how the funds were raised and the purpose of Hope for Today.
“It was a highly successful tournament,” Volinsky said. “A lot of the funds we raised came from team registration, concession stands on the day and miscellaneous sponsor donations. I’d like to say a big thank you to our main sponsors Bodden Beverages, Kirk Supermarket and Reflections who made it all possible. Also it’s worth noting that Lime and Digicel donated prizes in the form of new phones.
“To be clear Hope for Today is not a treatment centre. We’re a nonprofit entity that operates centres of care for people who want to recover from addictions. In the past the procedure for such people would be they go to drug court, be prescribed treatment and then be put back in the community where they would relapse. Hope for Today is a place where they can come and be treated for awhile so that they can transition to normal life. We’re transition housing that gives a safe place for men and women.
“We do barbecues and community events like this from time to time. However football looks like a real winner. I’d say in another three months we’ll look to try this again back in West Bay.”
Saturday’s competition saw six teams taking the pitch representing various areas of West Bay.
In the end it was the Northwest Point mixed squad, featuring the likes of Johnny Johnson Jr and Jared Yates, in the final against Dan Kelly and Birch Tree Hill. Northwest Point claimed the victory in a close match under the watchful eyes of volunteer referees Junior Ebanks and Joe Smith.
The referees would have help from line judge Brent Hydes of Hope for Today, who served as tournament organizer.
A big part of Northwest Point’s victory was budding football dynamo Tevin Yen. The nephew of Director of Sports Collin Anglin, Yen currently plays for Future Sports Club’s Under-15 and U17 teams.
Yen, who turns 15 this month, states the tournament was great and that winning the final meant a lot.
“It was a good showing as both teams played well,” Yen said. “Our team played to the best of its ability. We passed well and got a lot of scoring throughout the tournament. I’m glad we ended it with the victory as winning was something I wanted to do. Anything to do with football I enjoy though it’s good that I could be involved in such a unique event like this.”