Street hockey tournament raises nearly $4,000 for charity

More than 200 kids and parents braved the rain and the wind on Jan. 30 to participate in the sixth annual Camana Bay Street Hockey Tournament, which raised nearly $4,000 for Have a Heart Cayman.

The charity, along with its partners, subsidizes and provides the opportunity for life-saving heart surgeries for children from the Caribbean.

Some of the money raised will also be donated to Cayman HospiceCare, which has been involved in the tournament in past years.

Over the years, the tournament has raised money for many not-for-profit organizations, including the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club. The tournament was started to help grow the sport of hockey in Cayman, but it has also become a fun way for the kids to raise money for various charities.

Most of the kids in the tournament are already involved in the roller hockey league at Kings Sports Centre, but in order to be eligible to participate in the tournament, each team registered must have at least one non-hockey player.

Tournament co-organizers Dennis Passchier, Kings Sports director and head of the Kings hockey program, and Nicole Hastings, board member of the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club, said they were very proud of the kids for coming out and playing in the pouring rain to raise money for others.

The tournament thanked its many sponsors, including EY, A.L. Thompson’s, Silver Wheaton and Prosperity Capital Management.