Not many places in the world will you find a soccer game being played on a landing strip. However, on a unique island where iguanas have the right of way on the roads, and the diving is considered to be among the best in the world, after the last flight for the day departs, the landing strip becomes a soccer field.
The Little Cayman Social Sports Committee, formed about three years ago, organizes the soccer matches played on the airstrip, along with beach volleyball, basketball and court volleyball games hosted at the Little Cayman Beach Resort court. The committee also held an inaugural fundraising fun run last year, with plans to hold another in October.
“The fun run raised money for kids’ playground equipment and toys for the park,” explained committee member Dacia Henriquez. “It was a great success!”
The Little Cayman players have the chance to play teams from the other islands from time to time as well. On June 17, in conjunction with the Department of Sports, a volleyball friendly saw Little Cayman facing off against Cayman Brac, with Little Cayman emerging victorious, winning 3 sets to 1.
This was followed on June 18 by a basketball friendly between Little Cayman and the Cayman under-19 basketball team, the CI Hoopsters. In a hard-fought match, the Grand Cayman players won 60–32.
With the island falling quiet for the summer, the committee plans to restart the social sports leagues in November.