BT intends to stay tops

The Cayman Islands football season officially kicks off on Sunday with its annual Charity Shield game.

Bodden Town Football Club, the Premier League and FA Cup winners, face Scholars International Sports Club who won the Digicel Cup last season.

The game kicks off at the T.E. McField Annex at 7 p.m., and it promises to be an exciting curtain-raiser for the start of the local season.

Scholars International won the league the previous season and want their title back. Bodden Town dedicated their triumphs to fallen teammate Gerome “Bird” Graham, who died of an undetected heart defect at training in June 2012.

Most relieved and emotional of the celebrating Bodden Town players was Bird’s brother Kareem James, who hopes for similar success this season.

Proceeds of this event will go toward The Cayman Islands Red Cross, described as the world’s leader in crisis response.

Although the 2013 hurricane season has seen relatively low activity, the Cayman Islands Football Association decided to support the Red Cross so that they are fully equipped to continue supporting the community when disasters do strike.

“On behalf of everyone at CIFA, we are proud to honor the Cayman Islands Red Cross,” said CIFA first vice-president Bruce Blake. “This organization and its volunteers selflessly give to the community, and we wanted to express our gratitude for the work they do,”

Tickets for the match are available at the gate at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.