Foundation aids ballers

The West Bay Sports Foundation is assisting more local athletes.

Continuing with its goal of aiding young Caymanian athletes fulfil their dreams of improving on their talents and gaining valuable international experience in their chosen sporting field, the foundation recently provided financial support to up-and-coming basketballer La-Torae Nixon and footballer Romario Dixon.

Already a household name in local basketball circles, 14-year-old La-Torae will be attending the Eckerd College basketball fundamentals camp in Tampa, Florida this month. Under the guidance of Coach Victor “Voot” O’Garro, the Technical Director for Cayman Basketball, a significant number of young players have attended camps at Eckerd College over the past 20 years. The donation from the foundation will go towards La-Torae’s travel expenses.

Romario Dixon, 15, was a member of the Academy Sports Club Under-17 football team that toured the Netherlands and England over the Easter break in March. Romario and his team-mates competed against a number of professional and amateur football academies in both countries. The foundation’s donation offsets some of Romario’s travel expenses.

Founder of the West Bay Sports Foundation Ardin ‘Cheeky’ Rivers said, “The Foundation continues to assist young Caymanian athletes in their quest to gain valuable experience overseas and we are proud to contribute to La-Torae and Romario’s recent sporting endeavours. Both youngsters have shown a commitment to bettering themselves in their chosen sport and we are happy to assist where we can.”

Minister for Sports the Hon. Mark Scotland added, “The Ministry is extremely supportive of our young athletes travelling overseas to participate in tournaments and camps, which not only develops them as athletes but allows them to interact with and compete against athletes of their own age from other countries.

“La-Torae and Romario have been exemplary in their chosen sports over the years and have both worked extremely hard at bettering themselves. We also compliment the members of the foundation for their support of and commitment to Cayman’s youth over the years.”

The foundation’s annual 2012 West Bay Community Cup football tournament will take place on Monday, 2 July at the Ed Bush Sports Field in West Bay. This year, the popular annual tournament will include Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 divisions and the format will be similar to the CUC Primary Football League’s Opening Rally.

There will be lots of food and football with proceeds going to the foundation’s community fund, which assists various youngsters and athletes throughout the Cayman Islands.

For more information on the 2012 West Bay Community Cup, contact tournament director Neil Murray at 925-8793 or via e-mail at [email protected] or Ardin Rivers at 927-7011 or via e-mail at [email protected]