Giving boys the best possible start in life and promoting positive male role models was the focus of the first-ever International Men’s Day celebration.
Minister Mike Adam of Community Affairs Gender & Housing brought light to some of the challenges facing boys today and encouraged men and women to work together to empower boys and girls in the Cayman Islands.
Schoolboys and male role models, such as Senior Policy Advisor Joel Francis and James Myles played side by side at Cayman’s first International Men’s Day Football Tournament at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
The event was hosted by the Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre in partnership with the Department of Sports. The football games offered competitive but fun interaction for the 80 men and boys who participated. The teams were named after their sponsors, Davenport Development, Hydes & Sons, Island Taste, Brooks & Brooks and Estella Scott Roberts Foundation. The Estella Scott Roberts team proved victorious in a fierce championship game against Hydes & Sons. Nonetheless, every team had a great time and many bonded on and off the field.
Interactive booths from various companies and organisations displayed the services they provide for young men. Others offered information on how they could become involved in positive community activities. Local charities, such as Neighbourhood Moms, Feed Our Future and Save Our Youth used the opportunity to raise funds by seeking donations through awareness of their programmes. Track, cricket and basketball players also got a chance to show their skill.