Young Caymanian baseball player Dequan Bennett is getting fresh community support.
Paramount Carpets will be Bennett’s proud sponsors for an upcoming baseball recruiting event in Fort Myers, Florida this weekend. Bennett, 16, is attending the Northeast/Southeast Collegiate Showcase Camp. Organized by Showball Baseball, the camp takes place 17-18 December featuring coaches from 37 National Collegiate Athletics Association division one universities as scouts.
Paul Rankin of Paramount Carpets states the company is pleased to support Bennett’s efforts.
“It is always rewarding when we as a company can help the youth of Cayman achieve their goals,” Rankin said. “Dequan is dedicated and committed to his sport in which we have seen him grow into an excellent baseball player over the years. We wish him luck and success and hope he will be able to achieve the interest and contacts he needs to take his dream to the next level of collegiate baseball.”
Founded in 2007 by former professional players John Novak and Derek Ottevaere, Showball Baseball has rapidly become one of the leading providers of high school baseball and softball collegiate showcase camps in the US. The Fort Myers session is considered to have the largest gathering of D1 coaches for a showcase camp. Bennett will be the only representative from Cayman out of 260 participants.
After Fort Myers, Bennett is expected to attend the fifth annual Florida-Orlando Winter National DeMarini TOP 96 College Coaches Prospect Camp. Lake Brantley high school in Altamonte Springs serves as the venue 14-15 January.
Bennett, who was born in George Town and lives in Prospect, recently helped out with a Chicago White Sox mini-camp held at the Field of Dreams facility in Grand Cayman. The clinic featured BullSox Training Academy instructors Sam Zagorac and Marty Kobernus and is the latest endeavour in the five-year partnership between the academy, the White Sox and the Cayman Islands Little League.