Footie aims to Save Our Youth

The Save Our Youth Foundation is using football to showcase junior talent once again. 

The foundation is staging its annual Football Extravaganza and Family Fun Day at the T.E. McField Sports Centre – commonly called the Annex – on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The event will feature various age groups for boys and girls representing football clubs from throughout Grand Cayman. 

Foundation president Iris Stoner said a Hollywood actress will add to the spectacle. 

“This year marks the 10th annual extravaganza, whose theme once again is ‘Positive Choices,’” Stoner said. “The popularity of football is a perfect springboard to engage our young people and motivate them to make positive decisions in this pivotal time in their development. In addition to some great football matches, there will be music and activities for the whole family.  

“We are particularly thrilled to have actress Andrea Lewis here to interact with the kids at the event and also visit various schools to share her positive message.” 

Lewis, 29, hails from Canada and is a noted singer. She starred in the Disney movie “Cadet Kelly” alongside Hilary Duff before moving on to the “Degrassi” TV series. She has had stints on Broadway shows “Dream Girls” and “Hairspray” and has worked with such celebrities as rapper Drake, Dr. Maya Angelou and Wesley Snipes. Lewis has taken part in charity events for organizations including the Young Men’s Christian Association and the United Nations Children’s Fund. 

Saturday’s one-day event targets primary, middle and high school students. A total of 16 teams are scheduled to participate this year, with four primary school teams playing for the first time. The goal of the event is to use football as a way to raise awareness and better educate young people about the dangers of drugs, gang-related activities, prison, violence and peer pressure. 

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Youth football will take center stage at the Annex. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES