Soccer fundraiser for halfway house

MLA Osbourne Bodden shows his moves at the last Legends match as Mark Scotland looks on.

Some of the biggest names in Cayman football will be lacing up their boots on Saturday for a good cause.

The Annex stadium will be the scene of the Clash of the Legends, with two matches on July 2 benefiting the Hope for Today Foundation, which operates a halfway house in West Bay for recovering addicts.

“We are so excited about this Hope for Today community challenge, with the two games kicking off at 6 p.m., the first being East End versus George Town followed by West Bay versus Bodden Town,” said organizer and Hope for Today operations manager Brent Hydes.

The games are part of a series, with teams vying for the Marcus Cumber Cup. The second-place team will be awarded the McKeeva Bush Community Shield.

Reeling off a list of players who are hitting the pitch on Saturday, including Bryan Hydes, Sean Ebanks, Henry Ebanks, Shane Ebanks, Brent McLean, Graham Rankin, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Antonio Smith, Miguel Smith, MLA Osbourne Bodden, Mark Scotland, Floyd Webb and Lloyd “Stoka” Ramoon, Mr. Hydes said the response by Cayman’s football old-timers and stars has been tremendous.

“The community has really stepped up too, as we had over 300 people come out to the last event, and we are hoping that we’ll get even more spectators out this time,” said Mr. Hydes.

Mr. Hydes sees this opportunity to watch some of Cayman’s past and present football stars in action as a great way to bring the community together for a worthy cause.
“This is our chance to use sports to bring about positive change,” he said.

He noted that the Foundation currently houses six recovering addicts at the West Bay facility. The residents are working hard to make their transition from treatment or prison back into the community.

Ryan Bush at the last matchup between West Bay and Bodden Town in May.
Ryan Bush at the last matchup between West Bay and Bodden Town in May.

“The costs of running the center are about $70,000 per year, which per person is just a fraction of what it costs to house just one inmate at Northward,” said Mr. Hydes, noting that the Foundation wants to highlight the benefits of recovery in the community and prevent recidivism.

“Through our Transitional Living Program, by establishing and operating alcohol and drug-free transitional houses and campuses within the community, the Hope Foundation program provides a secure, safe and stable haven for individuals to gradually work their way back to a purposeful life.”

Mr. Hydes thanked the event sponsors from across the districts, and said he is pleased so many well-known players agreed to take part in the matches.

“We urge everyone to come out and take in what is sure to be a really enjoyable event,” said Mr. Hydes.

For more information on Hope for Today, visit