Several men and boys gathered at the John Gray High School gymnasium Saturday to play basketball to celebrate International Men’s Month. “Men’s health awareness is being spotlighted today as well. Men are usually overlooked in terms of illnesses because our masculinities, but the reality is we have lots of physical and mental problems,” said Kyle Morris, who flew down from JAB Step in Boston to be apart of the showdown.
The event was organised by the Family Resource Centre and Crisis Centre in conjunction with JAP Step.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men behind only skin cancer, according to American Cancer Society. The ACS estimates by the end of 2019, 174,650 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. While men’s health was highlighted at the event, leadership also played a big factor. “This isn’t a competitive event. This is a friendly event for better interactions between men and children relationships. And you know us as men have a responsibility to be real models so this is a great opportunity for fellowship and good citizenship and teach the younger boys what it is like to be leaders,” said Cayman’s basketball coach Ed Pellot-Rosa.
The featured games saw teams of three compete for $1,000, with the winners taking $700 and the runners-up taking $300. The event also featured two ‘minute to win it’ free throw competitions with the winners getting $100 each. “We decide to put the men and the youth together for an opportunity for the youth to be mentored by the adults by working together and playing together. Some people never had a mentor before, so this is a great opportunity,” said Pellot-Rosa.
Shake and bake won first place in the 3v3 competition and $700
The Generals took second place in the 3v3 competition and $300
Gregory Miller won minute to win it and $100
Mason miller won minute to win it and $100