NEW YORK, NY. Monday, July 07, 2009–New York City residents will get another opportunity this Summer to reminisce about the glory days of the recent past when sports and academics fuelled enough pride and prejudice to last a lifetime beyond the high school classrooms and soccer fields in Jamaica, West Indies.
The Springfield Gardens High School field at the Springfield Gardens Education Complex at 143 Avenue & Springfield Blvd., (near the North Conduit Avenue), in Springfield Gardens, Queens, NY, will be the venue for what organizers hope will be the first annual showcase of those players of the past whose pride and passion made the schoolboy soccer competition one to die for.
Comets Club International (CC!), a not for profit organization with headquarters in Queens, NY and Montego Bay, Jamaica, will stage its first schoolboy soccer festival on Saturday, August 29, 2009, starting at 1:00 pm.
The event will bring together some of the biggest names ever to play in the Manning (Kingston & St. Andrew/Corporate Area) and daCosta (rural parishes) Cup competitions for over four decades.
“These players gave their respective schools hope and a competitive advantage at a time when scholastic sports and especially football (soccer) was the rage in Jamaica”, noted Douglas ‘Dougie’ Bell of Kingston College and team coordinator for the festival.
Now long past their prime, these players still find time to engage in a good game of ‘scrimmage’ at neighbourhood ball parks around the city, including the Baisley Park, Queens, NY.
A routine Saturday morning session is not complete without some passionate discussion on the evolution of the game and the role of players, then and now, players whose singular moment of brilliance and sporting genius, defined a match, a competition and a generation.
With players like Bell and Alton ‘Noah’ Sterling (STETHS) expected to face off at opposite ends of the pitch as they lead their respective teams into a battle of nostalgia, those discussions will continue in earnest, fueled by the same sentiments that have kept some of these players in touch with their schools through a variety of organizations and associations at home and abroad.
For more information, visit www.cometsclubinterenational.com,
Aubrey L. Campbell
Comets Club Int’l/NYC