Skaters lace up against cancer

The Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club will be hosting its third annual Cayman Hockey Fights Cancer youth street hockey tournament. Taking place this Saturday, 12 January, hundreds of kids are expected to storm the road in front of Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre from 9am. 

Aaron Knapik, one of the volunteer tournament organisers, states the event garners great support every year. 

“Once again, we are very pleased that the community continues to rally behind this event and our efforts to raise funds for such a worthwhile benefactor – the Cayman Islands Cancer Society,” Knapik said. “We are thankful for the support of our main sponsors Camana Bay, Ernst and Young and the Dart Foundation. We also wish to thank our junior sponsors Mourant Ozannes, Greenlight RE, Re/Max and Willis Global Insurance.  

“Most of all we wish to thank the kids, for coming out and experiencing a fun day of hockey whilst raising funds for other kids who due to cancer, may not yet be able to experience such a magical day.” 

This year, 50 per cent of the proceeds raised will be donated directly to the Cancer Society with the intention of funding a special project to build a new chemotherapy unit at the George Town Hospital. The other 50 per cent will be injected back into youth hockey with the hopes of further developing the programme and getting more and more kids participating in the sport. 

Those facts are encouraging for Cancer Society representative Jennifer Weber. 

“The Cancer Society is grateful for all the donations we receive from the generous community in which we live,” Weber said. “When people choose to give to the Cancer Society, they are helping us, help others in Cayman.  

“Donations earmarked for special projects, like a new chemotherapy unit, will help us create a new state of the art facility in partnership with the Health Services Authority. These large scale projects come with large costs but the benefit to the community, the patients and families is priceless.” 

The last two years of the tournament raised funds in excess of $20,000 for local charities, including Cayman Hospice and UNICEF Cayman Kids. The roller hockey club expects to raise more funds this year. 

In 2012, many of the 160 participants were involved in the youth roller hockey league at Kings Sports Centre. Among the notables were Dylan Bostock, Alex Agemian and Tynan Klein. Helping to organise and referee matches on the Cayman International School campus were members of the local hockey fraternity like Dave Champoux, Darryl Hather and Andrew Finlason. 

Last year’s event was also a precursor to Hockey Day In Cayman, a celebration of the sport on these shores. This year, the focus will be on the return of professional hockey after a lengthy lockout. 

For 2013, four-on-four action is expected to split up into age divisions covering the six and under, 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U segments with a hockey mum category on offer. The tournament is slated to last most of the day. 

 

For more information, contact Aaron Knapik at [email protected] or call 345-323-0898 

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