Cayman students unite for charity

DaVinci Jackson,Victoria Tibbetts, Marc Thomas, Michael Gocul and Joquan Solomon are the five of eight students involved in raising funds for charity in last month's football tournament. - PHOTO: Alma Chollette

A six-a-side football tournament and fundraiser, organized by the students for the students at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre as a means of breaking down barriers and uniting students through football, donated the proceeds to local charity Feed Our Future.

The students raised the money through tournament entrance fees and sales of refreshments and snacks at the third annual CIFEC Unity Shield Football Tournament, and handed over a check for $205 to the charity this week.

Overseeing the 2016 tournament were 16-year-olds Gloriel Scott, Jaquan Solomon and Heidi McField; 17-year-olds Victoria Tibbetts, DaVinci Jackson, Michael Gocul and Kallie Mitchell; and 18-year-old Marc Thomas.

Tournament champions Future Elites, along with CIFEC students who helped organize the event, gather at Tuesday’s check presentation to Feed Our Future.
Tournament champions Future Elites, along with CIFEC students who helped organize the event, gather at Tuesday’s check presentation to Feed Our Future.

“Well, I love football,” said DaVinci Jackson, “why wouldn’t I be involved in a football event that’s for a good cause?”

“It was fun, it brought us together as peers and as footballers,” he added.

The money was raised by tournament entrance fees and sales of refreshments and snacks at the event.

Every year this initiative is chaired by students completing their high school education at CIFEC.

“The way it worked out,” said Stuart Bowler, the teacher supervising the project, “a lot more effort was put in. The students this year worked harder, got more involved and raised three times more than last year.”

In the months leading up the tournament, the students worked together by taking on leadership roles, and sharing responsibilities in creating game formats, setting up equipment and hosting bake sales as an initial fundraiser.

The students held three bake sales at the school. The proceeds from those sales enabled the purchase of snacks and refreshments that were sold at the tournament.

On Feb. 3, six teams gathered at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex to compete for the win. More than 36 students, including sub players, participated that day.

Future Elites were the winning team and now have their team name engraved on a trophy alongside previous tournament champs.

Feed Our Future has been the recipient of the CIFEC Unity Shield Football Tournament for the past three years.

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