The George Town team hopes for victory. – Photos: Martin Freifeld

The Clash of the Legends will resume at West Bay’s Ed Bush Stadium on Monday, March 27, as the George Town and West Bay teams vie to determine who will prevail in the quest for the Marcus Cumber Cup.

The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“The third time will prove who the real champs are, as George Town won the first leg, and West Bay won the second,” said match organizer and Hope Foundation operations manager Brent Hydes.

In the football series, veteran players face off to raise money and awareness for the Hope Foundation halfway house program, which addresses substance abuse at the community level.

Mr. Hydes said that while government does provide some funding for the Foundation, which offers a West Bay-based residential program, he estimates the costs of running the center are about $70,000 per year, which represents just a fraction of the cost per resident of housing an inmate at Northward prison.

“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,” he previously told the Compass.

Once the overall winner of the football series is determined, Mr. Hydes said plans are underway to hold a special ceremony recognizing players from across the districts who have made a mark not only in the series, but also to football in general in the Cayman Islands.

“In my experience these people who have played such a big role in football in Cayman, have not been recognized properly, and you can tell they are still stars by the number of fans we have coming out to these games featuring players who were big names back in the day,” said Mr. Hydes.

“We have 250 to 300 people coming out to these matches, which I would say speaks volumes about the impact they have made on football in Cayman, and they need to be recognized.”

He said next on the agenda is securing a venue and getting plaques made up for the event honoring the footballers.

“I’d also like to again thank our many sponsors, including McAlpine, Island Air, Junk, Lobster Pot, J.C. Calhoun of Coldwell Banker, Tony Conolly of Frank Hall Homes, Cayman National and Appleby who have really lent their support to this initiative,” said Mr. Hydes.

“And I would say, championship trophy sponsor Marcus Cumber, who has played such a key role, deserves special recognition as a prime example of Caymankind,” he added.

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