The London Olympics are inspiring Caymanians with the power of sports.
Among those affected is Cory Thompson, a basketball figure and organiser of the Rodney Bodden Memorial three-on-three tournament. The competition is slated to take place on 17-19 August at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.
Thompson, 33, states the Olympics have many people in and around the Cayman Islands enthused about disciplines like basketball.
“I think the Olympics have helped to hype up the event a lot because it has most people in a sporty mood,” Thompson said. “When the Olympics are over, there will be one more local event for adults and kids to come and watch or take part in.”
The former Wolves basketball club star is currently in Portsmouth in the UK, pursuing a semi-pro hoops career. His desire to put on a tournament, which actually began in 2008, comes after the bond he had with Rodney Bodden.
Bodden was his childhood friend and the two grew up playing hoops, representing Cayman in international competitions. He died of heart failure in 1996 whilst participating in a basketball competition in the Bahamas at the age of 16.
The schedule for this summer’s competition sees a wet fete and welcome party on 17 August with an all-star game, with festivities like a slam dunk competition, 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.
Adding to the 2012 competition is the presence of a UK-based international basketball company called Rising Ballers, who will be sending down two semi-professional players.
Proceeds from the event will go towards Bodden’s family, The Cayman Heart Foundation, the Cayman Islands Basketball Association and the formation of the Rodney Bodden Foundation.
For more information, call Cory Thompson at 928-4297 or 44779-486-9518 or e-mail [email protected]