The Hope Foundation scored big last month with another successful night of soccer action at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay.

The event, dubbed the Championship of Clash of the Legends, saw the two most successful teams from a series of matches last year face off for the Marcus Cumber Community Cup on Jan. 23. The second-place team earned the McKeeva Bush Community Shield.

Proceeds from the Clash of the Legends soccer series go toward funding the Hope Foundation halfway house program, which tackles substance abuse at the community level.

As previously reported in the Compass, Hope Foundation operations manager Brent Hydes estimates the costs of running the center are about $70,000 per year. The series has raised about $17,000 so far.

The George Town team is eager for a rematch. – Photos: Martin Freifeld

“It is so positive to see the whole community come out and lace up their boots to help those in Cayman struggling with substance abuse,” said Mr. Hydes.

“We are trying to bring about social change, and this tournament is one way for us to work to remove the negative stigma of substance abuse and highlight this great community effort.”

Mr. Hydes noted the center has just wrapped up an 18 month study on its programs.

“In that 18 months, we saw 26 people come into the program, with 16 having completed it so far,” said Mr. Hydes, adding that the minimum stay in the program is six months.

He says that community support has been great, and thanked the many sponsors who have stepped forward, including McAlpine, championship trophy sponsor Marcus Cumber, J.C. Calhoun of Coldwell Banker, Tony Conolly of Frank Hall Homes, Cayman National and Appleby.

“I also need to thank McKeeva Bush for sponsoring the second place trophy, and Sports Minster Osbourne Bodden and the Cayman Islands Government for making this such a successful venture,” said Mr. Hydes.

The final score was West Bay 2, George Town 1 with the West Bay goals scored by Shaun Ebanks and Ivan Ebanks.

“The game was a real success and well attended by the community,” said Mr. Hydes

“West Bay were so excited to bring home the win and keep the cup in West Bay. But George Town is crying for a rematch, so we have the two teams facing off again, in George Town this time, at the end of February.”

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