National Trust shoot for support

A local community organisation is turning to basketball for help.

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is partnering with the Cayman Islands Basketball Association to stage the Shooting Stars 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre is expected to serve as host on Saturday, 27 July.

In a statement, the National Trust said the idea is to benefit both its initiatives and those of local basketball. The statement reads: “Proceeds are going to the National Trust and the basketball association. It’s going to be exciting, fun-filled and action-packed. We encourage everyone to give their child the opportunity to learn basketball skills in a competitive and fun environment.”

The competition is aimed at adults and youngsters. Kids in the 7-11, 12-15 and 16-19 age groups see free entry in the competition with adults age 20 and up paying $75 per team. T-shirts are included and the registration deadline is Friday, 26 July. Those groups have to check-in on Saturday at 8am (7-11), 9am (12-15) and 10am (20 and over). Early enrolment is encouraged as space is limited.

Over the years, 3-on-3 tournaments have been held sparingly. The steadiest competition has been the Rodney Bodden Memorial, which took place last August. The big winners were slam dunk champion Shaad O’Garro, three-point shoot-out winner Davion Cotterell and top players Kevin Maxwell and Jerome Narcisse.

The Rodney Bodden Memorial is organised by local player Cory Thompson in memory of his childhood friend, Rodney Bodden, who died of heart failure in 1996 whilst participating in a basketball competition in the Bahamas at the age of 16.

The last 3-on-3 event to be organised by the association was in November 2011 at Governor’s Square. In spite of ideal weather conditions and a promising venue, the competition flopped due to poor turnout as only four teams, two male and two female, came out.