Youngsters will skate for street glory at Camana Bay

Cayman’s youth hockey players will take to the streets to raise funds for a good cause.

The Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club will stage its second annual street hockey tournament at Camana Bay on Saturday, 14 January. The tournament is to help grow the sport but more importantly raise money for local charities including CaymanHospice Care and UNICEF Cayman Kids. Representatives from both organizations are pleased with new of the upcoming competition.

“We are excited to have half of the proceeds from the Cayman Hockey Fights Cancer Street Hockey Tournament donated to UNICEF Cayman Kids, but more importantly, we are grateful for the opportunity to reinforce to our children the importance of helping those that are less fortunate” says Aaron Knapik, Director of UNICEF Cayman Kids. “100 per cent of the proceeds UNICEF Cayman Kids receives from this event will be allocated locally in accordance with UNICEF’s goals of supporting children’s education, health care, shelter and good nutrition.”

“CaymanHospice Care fights for quality of life, as long as life lasts and to be associated with such an event is a great opportunity for us,” says Jennifer Grant-McCarthy, CaymanHospice Care Operations and Fundraising Manager. “Hospice is something most people don’t think of until they have to and raising awareness among Cayman’s youth through a hockey tournament is a unique way for people to learn more about our programme and to raise funds at the same time.”

With the majority of players in the Kings Youth Roller Hockey League, one component of the tournament is to have one member of each team not be in the league. This caveat is to help introduce kids to a new sport and help grow the hockey programme in Cayman. Roller hockey is a relatively new discipline that’s caught on quickly. There were 160 participants in last year’s event and there is expected to be over 200 registered players this year.

Street hockey, played in running shoes, requires minimal equipment. In most cases it can be done with a plastic hockey stick making street hockey an inexpensive activity that can be done in driveways after school or on weekends.

The 2010 tournament was a great success that raised funds in excess of $9000 for local and over-seas charities. The CI Youth Roller Hockey Club expects to raise more funds this year through additional sponsorship and increased registrants.

At this time, the major sponsors include Camana Bay, BritCay and The Security Centre. Registration forms will be available soon.

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