Bad backs and creaking joints did not stop some of Cayman’s soccer legends from dusting off their boots to raise money for recovering addicts Monday night.
Some of the island’s most well-known people, including Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, rolled back the years and turned on the style for the charity football match in aid of the Hope for Today Foundation.
Quick-footed Minister Bodden formed an unlikely midfield alliance with his one-time political rival Mark Scotland to help Bodden Town secure a 2-1 win over the West Bay old boys. Mr. Bodden, who describes himself as a former “midfield general” showed he hadn’t lost his touch with some precocious flicks and tricks.
Brent Hydes, who runs the Hope for Today Foundation, said the legends soccer match series has raised more than $10,000 to help fund the halfway house, which helps recovering drug and alcohol addicts get their lives together.
So far, West Bay, for whom Mr. Hydes and Mr. Manderson made cameo appearances, has lost all three games in the series.
But Mr. Hydes said he was happy for the team to keep losing if it keeps raising money for the cause.
“The result doesn’t matter. We had more than 300 people out for the game and everyone had fun. It speaks volumes that everyone turned out to play and support the foundation. I think it shows the community recognizes we have to come together as a country to fight substance abuse.”
He said he believes the rematch, scheduled for July, will be a different story, with West Bay expected to have key men, firefighter Henry Ebanks and soccer coach Arden “Cheeky” Rivers, back in the side.
Bodden Town will face East End in June as the charity series continues.