GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS -- The Cayman Islands Classic, in partnership with the Special Olympics Cayman Islands, will host their inaugural Special Olympics Basketball Camp.
Thirty-five Special Olympic athletes are expected to participate in the Special Olympics Basketball Camp on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Arc at Camana Bay. The eight-team Cayman Islands Classic will get underway the following Monday (Nov. 19) at John Gray Gymnasium.
"One of our tournament's core objectives is to give back to the Cayman Islands community and help promote sports on the island," said Jill Turk, chief strategy officer for the Cayman Islands Classic.
"We are proud to partner with Special Olympics and provide the opportunity for the athletes to take part in the tournament activities," Turk added, "The opportunity to instill confidence, engage in physical activity, and inspire a sense of competition, is at the core of what Special Olympics does and we are honored to support their objective."
Special Olympics Cayman Islands is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, while Special Olympics International, established in 1968, celebrates 50 years.
"I look forward to working with the Special Olympic athletes," said Joe Wright, chief executive officer of Cayman Islands Classic. "It will be an afternoon of learning, but most importantly, a lot of fun. The basketball camp will provide a platform for the athletes to focus on skill development, fostering teamwork and sportsmanship."
"Basketball is one of the core sports for our organization," said Fareed Hosein, Head Basketball Coach for Special Olympics Cayman Islands. "Players of all ages and abilities, participate in the basketball program. Our partnership with the Cayman Islands Classic tournament to create this camp will provide the athletes an opportunity to learn from coaches at a very high level and also provide a fun environment to introduce our new athletes to the game. We are looking forward to the camp and wish to thank Jill Turk, Joe Wright and Coach Victor O'Garro for this opportunity."
Clemson, Creighton, Georgia State and St. Bonaventure, which competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, will headline the second annual Cayman Islands Classic college basketball tournament Nov.19-21.
Akron, Boise State, Georgia and Illinois State also will play in the tournament.
Akron will face Clemson in the opening game at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Nov. 19 followed by Georgia meeting Illinois State at 2:30 p.m. In the first game of the evening session at 5 p.m. St. Bonaventure plays Georgia State. Boise State and Creighton will conclude opening-day action in the final matchup of the day starting at 7:30 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets online, starting July 1 at www.caymanislandsclassic.com/ot/tickets.html
Semifinal round games are slated for 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the following day, Tuesday, Nov. 20. The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition on Wednesday, Nov. 21 starting at 12 p.m., followed by the fifth-place game (2:30 p.m.), third-place game (5 p.m.) and title game (7:30 p.m.) to crown the Cayman Islands Classic champion.
About Special Olympics Cayman Islands: Since its establishment in 1968, the Special Olympics have grown to become the world's largest sports organization for persons with intellectual disabilities. Comprised of over 4.9 million athletes, originating through 170 countries and assisted by over 1 million volunteers worldwide, Special Olympics provides continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, and gain new friendships for its athletes. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills, success, confidence and fulfillment. Sports as a powerful force can shift the focus from disability to ability, from isolation to involvement. The Cayman Islands Chapter focuses on five core sports, including Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Football & Swimming, along with other sports such as Stand-up Paddle boarding and Golf. Unified Sport promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Currently the athletes are preparing for the World Games to be held in Abu Dhabi March 14-21, 2019.
People interested in supporting the Special Olympics can email Mr. Darrel Rankine at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Special Olympics Cayman islands, please visit www.specialolympics.org.
About Cayman Islands Classic: The Cayman Islands Classic is a yearly NCAA preseason men's division one college basketball tournament. Eight college basketball teams visit Grand Cayman for the three-day event, playing 12 total games. The tournament is sponsored by the Mountain West conference. All 12 games will be streamed live in the domestic and international markets via CBS Digital on College Sports Live, www.collegesportslive.com. For more information about the Cayman Islands Classic, please visit www.caymanislandsclassic.com.