Aboard Cayman Airways’ nonstop flight from Grand Cayman to New York on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, were five Caymanian athletes on their way to play an American football exhibition game organized by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL).
The athletes - Perry Levy, Avery Ebanks, Gino Brown, Adrian Rowe, and Alex Bodden - were all selected by the CDFL in January following the “Cayman Kickoff” event that featured US players as well as about 20 players from the Cayman Islands.
This exhibition game is called the “International Scout Bowl” and features players from the USA, Canada and Europe, as well as now the Cayman Islands. The CDFL works with young men who desire to get to the next level in their football career, by conducting showcase games in the US and abroad to offer these players an opportunity to be seen by scouts.
“I think it confirms exactly what we always believed — that we can play this sport if given the opportunity,” said team leader Perry Levy said. “So going to New York I guess opens up more opportunities for us and I guess exposes us to more individuals and more people or more football people that can, hopefully, give us an opportunity somewhere else.”
Cayman Airways sponsored the roundtrip tickets to New York for all five of the Caymanian players.
“As a major supporter of local sports, it was a pleasure for Cayman Airways to make this incredible opportunity possible for these talented Caymanian players,” said the airline’s Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Olivia Scott Ramirez, noting that New York is also one of the most popular routes Cayman Airways has for nonstop flights to and from the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism also played a major role in ensuring that the players were able to take advantage of this opportunity.