Special Olympics receive equipment and prep for Jamaica trip

World Games qualifier next month 


The Cayman Islands Football Association donated equipment to the Special Olympics Cayman Islands team at its office in Prospect last week.  

The Special Olympics contingent received four footballs, 12 cones and 12 sets of shirts, shorts and socks at a presentation. The equipment will be used at a Special Olympics football World Games qualifiers in Jamaica on Nov. 26.  

The Special Olympics Cayman Islands coaches are Anna Nyaundi, Kenville Holder, Penny McDowall and Dwayne Ebanks.  

Two Special Olympics athletes, Michael Peart Jr. and Jamar Timothy, attended the presentation. Special Olympics athletes are registered with CIFA youth and senior clubs Future, Scholars, East End, North Side, Elite and GTSC. SOCI football training sessions are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. 

Coach Nyaundi said, “As the Special Olympics relies heavily on donations and volunteers, we are very grateful to CIFA for their donation of sport supplies, which were very much needed. The athletes are certainly very excited to have more equipment.  

“Sports is a very important and integral part of our community. The wellbeing of our athletes is encouraged greatly and sports keep them active. Also, it helps with the improvement of social skills and team work.” 

The next Special Olympic World Games will be held in Los Angeles in 2015.