Cory gears up for hoops festival

Cory Thompson will be providing a big boost to Cayman basketball.

Thompson, 33, is organising the 2012 edition of the Rodney Bodden Memorial three-on-three tournament. The competition is slated to take place on 17-19 August at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court and Kings Sports Centre.

A semi-pro basketball player in the UK, Thompson states preparations have been good.

“The preparations are going well,” Thompson said. “We have a website up and running now in rbmw.ky. We also have a lot of sponsors in PWC, Carlos and Martin’s, Kings Sports Centre, Winners Circle, Bodden and Bodden, Rising Ballers in the UK, Dominos Pizza, Jacques Scott, Dolphin Discovery, John Thompson, Martin Bodden, CI Director, RT Construction, PostNe, Automotive Art and Star 92.7.”

Festivities for the tournament start with a wet fete and welcome party next Friday, 17 August. Automotive Art will be the venue from 9.30pm with admission costing $5 and there will be live performances from Stuart Wilson, Black Ken and J-Nez, who is in fact another local basketball player in Jasen Campbell.

From there comes the all-star game, with festivities like a slam dunk and three-point competition, on Saturday, 18 August. The basketball association court hosts the action from 7.30pm with $100 on offer for the best dunker and shooter. Admission is free and spectators can snag giveways.

The tournament finale takes place on Sunday, 19 August, at Kings from 12noon. Admission is free and spectators can earn giveaways. Trophies and cash prizes are on offer for the top three male and female teams with first place earning $800 (men) and $500 (women), second taking $600 and $400 and third winning $400 and $300.

For the record, Thompson is a former Wolves basketball club star. He is putting on the tournament, which began in 2008, to honour the memory of childhood friend Rodney Bodden, who died of heart failure in 1996 at age 16 while playing in a basketball competition in the Bahamas.

For more information, contact Cory Thompson on [email protected]