The Cayman Islands will host for the first time an American football showcase game featuring National Collegiate Athletic Association players, former professional players, and Caymanian athletes.
The Cayman Kickoff Football game is at the Truman Bodden Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off at 7 p.m.
It is designed as a cultural exchange to foster the game of American football in the Caribbean region. Players use these showcase games to help them land contracts with professional organizations around the world. Additionally, college athletes use these games to help them get seen by NCAA Division I scouts.
The game will be an opportunity to see an American football game live. There will also be a youth football clinic prior to the game where local kids can come on the field and learn about football from the players and coaches.
Top international free agents and former NFL players will represent Team America, the only professional, player-supported USA national team.
“At the Cayman Islands Ministry [of Tourism] and Department of Tourism, we believe this is a fantastic opportunity to help facilitate this inaugural American football game,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell. “The chance to bring such a popular sport to a group of excited fans and young players is a great opportunity for Cayman to promote physical fitness and welcome a group of new visitors to our island.”
By bringing the game to the Cayman Islands, CDFL will add to its established relationships with the North American and European football leagues, both of which support an organization that provides the best free agents an opportunity to demonstrate their skills.
“We are excited to be part of the Cayman Island family,” said George St. Lawrence, co-founder of the CDFL and Team America, “and we’re looking forward to interacting with the Caymanian people, players and fans in a positive cultural exchange through football.”