Bodden memorial shoots for August

Cayman basketball sees the return of a popular tournament this summer.

The annual Rodney Bodden three-on-three fundraiser will take place 17-19 August. The event started in 2008 and commemorates the life of the late Rodney Bodden, who died of heart failure in 1996 whilst participating in a basketball competition in the Bahamas at the age of 16.

Bodden was a recipient of a basketball scholarship to attend a high school in the Bahamas and intended to carry on his journey by attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Organiser Cory Thompson, who grew up and played basketball with Rodney, came up with the three-on-three idea in honour of his friend. They both played together locally and represented the island in international competitions. Thompson currently plays basketball in the UK.

The schedule for this summer’s competition sees a wet fete and welcome party on 17 August with an all-star game, pitting former team-mates against All-Star players, and festivities like a slam dunk competition, three-point shoot-out and prize give-aways on 18 August. The tournament finale takes place on 19 August with trophies and cash prizes on offer for the top three male and female teams and an awards ceremony featuring Rodney’s mum Ms. Alecia Forbes.

The tournament has been a steady success with 12 teams participating in the opening year. This year’s event sees the addition of a women’s division for the first time. It has also caught the eyes of a UK-based international basketball company called Rising Ballers, who will be sponsoring the tournament. The company will be sending two semi-professional players to take part.

Part of the revenue generated will be donated to the formation of the Rodney Bodden Foundation, which will require a fee of $1,000. There will also be a donation to Rodney’s family, The Cayman Heart Foundation and the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.

For more information, call Cory Thompson at 928-4297 or 44779-486-9518 or e-mail [email protected]