The West Bay Sports Foundation has helped many worthy causes in its two year existence and the latest one was making a combined $1,000 donation with the Cayman Islands Football Association to the Cayman Outreach Association.
CIFA net proceeds from the recent Charity Shield night were donated to the Cayman Outreach Association, founded by Michael Myles. Football official Dwayne Ebanks who was recently ill whilst refereeing a match, was given the decision to choose the recipient and he decided on Outreach. Ebanks handed the cheque over along with West Bay Sports Foundation reps. Cayman Outreach Association is a faith based organisation that cares for at-risk children.
The Charity Shield was won by Scholars International who beat Elite 2-1. There were other matches last month, between an Academy youth team and Honduran side CD Vida who also played a West Bay select team.
Bruce Blake, first vice-president of CIFA, was also at the cheque handover. The West Bay Sports Foundation representatives at the presentation were Renda Cornwall, Ardin ‘Cheeky’ Rivers and Mervin Smith.
Myles said: “The Extended After School Programme is a partnership between, the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, George Town Sports Club and Cayman Outreach Association.
“The programme was piloted in April 2011 at John Gray High School with about 50-60 students, participating in 10 activities, Monday-Friday.
“The programme was expanded in September 2011 to 25 activities and attracted approximately 900 students. It was soon expanded to the primary schools and attracted over 400 students.”
Dwayne Ebanks is a strong supporter of local youth football. He said: “I would like to express my sincere thank you to the Cayman Islands Football Association and the West Bay Sports Foundation for their donation.
“In addition, I thank the entire Cayman Islands community for their support and prayers during my recent illness. I am pleased to donate these funds to the Cayman Outreach Association as our youths are at risk and we as a community need to support them and nurture the seeds of today so they might blossom into the flowers of tomorrow.
Ardin Rivers said: “It is a pleasure to work in partnership with CIFA in giving back to our community.
“I would like to thank the coaches, parents and players of Academy Sports Club and the West Bay Select for their participation.
“In addition, I would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors for making it possible to host the Honduran football club CD Vida in an effort to improve youth football in the Cayman Islands.”