Scrabble scrum scores for literacy

Scrums are more commonly seen on rugby fields, but last Wednesday night, competitive players went shoulder to shoulder in a mental scrum around Scrabble boards at Camana Bay. 

More than 50 people took part in the first Scrabble Scrum competition, which raised more than $6,700. 

“The response was amazing. We had a great turnout,” said Su Mander, head executive of Literacy Is For Everyone (LIFE). “This money is going directly towards running our literacy programs this year in the public schools.”  

Scrabble players were divided into nine corporate teams of six people each, and the competition involved three fast-paced rounds of the word game. Each team was given the same letters and challenged to score the highest number of points through their creative word combinations.  

At the end of each round, “word waiters” came around to each team’s board to make sure each word was viable and to count the points. 

“We are raising awareness for LIFE; we want to promote literacy and all the benefits it can provide,” said one of the Scrabble board judges, Mikhail Campbell. 

At the end of the two-hour competition, KPMG Cayman Islands took first place, followed by Carey Olsen in second, and Campbells in third.  

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Bipin Aggarwal, Jia Jun Chua, Justin Thomas, Kunle Popoola, Grace Zham, Gantam Ganeshan, and partner Tony Cowell won the competition.- PHOTO: SAMANTHA BONHAM

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