My term as president of the CHSAA South Florida got off to a swinging start on Sunday. We hosted our annual all-alumni soccer tournament in Miramar, and it was a smashing success. The tournament featured teams from nine schools and the competition was intense and entertaining.
In the end, I am happy to report that the Herb McKenley trophy will be housed at 61 Red Hills Road for another year. In a pitched battle that ended regulation in a scoreless tie; and was decided on penalty kicks; Calabar edged St. George's College to claim victory.
I am very proud of the effort put forth by the south Florida crew in planning and executing this tournament. We were given a lot of support by Barites, family members and friends of Calabar. My sincere thanks to everyone who assisted, participated in and/or supported this event.
The feedback from the tourney participants was mostly positive and we look forward to a bigger and better tourney next year. Thanks again to Campion College, Excelsior, Jamaica College (2007 champs), Kingston College, Knox College, Meadowbrook, St. George's College and Wolmers for participating.
Special thank you's to Sidney "SiddyBee" Dixon for providing the music and to Dreamy Riley and Errol Lyons for photographing the tournament. Kudos to Leroy Reynolds for catering and extra special thanks to Leroy Harding for donating food.
Carl Harrison and Steven Golding donated game jerseys. Chris Stennett procured prizes for the raffles as well as Calabar merchandise. The spouses of the executive assisted tremendously. Yvonne Streete and Andrea Campbell handled team registration, Sheena McCalla sold a lot of fruit cups, Ruth Stennett assisted with the raffles and Calabar merchandise, and Brenel Schloss served meals in the food tent.
I would be remiss if I didn't thank Dr Winston Whyte as well as that young man "Milo", (Leroy Harding's protege), for assisting in the food tent. Robert Carter sold a lot of raffle tickets, Glen England assisted Stennett with the raffles/merchandising. Steven Golding and Kirk Ennis coached and managed the Calabar team, Dwight Robinson coordinated and procured the facility for the tournament. Edmund Campbell coordinated trophies and Theodore Hammond provided transportation for large items. My apologies if I inadvertently forgot to mention anyone, you have my sincere gratitude nonetheless.
Mike McCalla, Dougie Streete and I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING all day!
Extra special thank you's to State Representative Hazelle Rogers, Lauderhill City Commissioner Dale Holness and Attorney Marlon Hill, president of the Jamaica Diaspora for their attendance and participation.
Our next chapter meeting is scheduled for Saturday December 13, 2008 at SiddyBee's shop located at 5415 NW 15th Street, Ste #25, Margate FL 33083.