Hurlers throw support for Glidden

Darts players in Cayman recently got in on the Christmas spirit.

Cayman Islands Darts Association president Paul Anglin, his brother Cassius Anglin and six Filipino players – including Rosyl Deguzman, Randy Cruz and Rodan Asuncion – engaged in community service over the weekend. The group cleaned up Patty Glidden’s yard on Watercourse Road in West Bay.

Anglin said there is an added impetus for darts to be more community-oriented.

“This is our first community service project, and we intend to do one every other month around the island,” Anglin said. “The bylaws require us to partake in community service as our way of giving back to the community, who provide sponsorship for us to travel overseas to compete in major dart tournaments and local tournaments alike. I am happy to say that former darts president Arthur Ebanks has agreed to come on board and assist us with fundraising and providing any advice when needed.”

The next major happenings in the sport will be the start of next year’s national league on Jan. 15, 2014, and preparing a Cayman team to compete at the upcoming Caribbean championship in Tampa, Florida. Away from the dartboard, the focus was on Glidden, 72, a retired teacher and former missionary who has no children and has been a widow since 1995. Glidden, who originally hails from Ohio but has lived in Cayman since 1966, suffers from severe back and leg pain and said she is grateful for the work done by Anglin and company.

“He saw my yard wasn’t cut and I had a difficult time in finding someone,” Glidden said. “I haven’t been well for quite some time, I can’t do anything outside anymore. I stopped working because of back problems, and I’ve been taking treatment. I’m older and it’s difficult for me to walk very much and I let it go a little bit, that’s the truth. The Anglins have known me for several years. I tutored Paul’s kids years ago when he was a policeman.

“I was shocked, and I appreciated it so much. I was really surprised that he would come, and I never thought someone would think of me. What really touched me was he had six Filipino young people do the work as well. They came here and were laughing while working hard. After all that’s happened to them and their country, they did this work with such love, and it touched me so much to see the love and care they showed me.”