MVP award named af­ter Do­minic James

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer liv­ingston.scott@glean­erjm.com

ANEW most valu­able player (MVP) award will be handed out for this year’s FLOW Su­per Cup, which kicks off on Oc­to­ber 21.

The award will be called the Do­minic James MVP Award in mem­ory of the for­mer St Ge­orge’s Col­lege cap­tain who col­lapsed dur­ing a Man­ning Cup match on Septem­ber 20 and died af­ter be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal.

FLOW’s vice-pres­i­dent for mar­ket­ing and tele­vi­sion Carlo Red­wood de­scribed the St Ge­orge’s cap­tain as a “leader, very de­pend­able, dis­ci­plined and hum­ble” at yes­ter­day’s launch of the 2016 Su­per Cup at the Span­ish Court Ho­tel in New Kingston.

“We have de­cided to in­tro­duce a new award this year, and the award will pay recog­ni­tion to young Do­minic James in a spe­cial way. He is the only player to have won both Su­per Cup tro­phies, first with Ja­maica Col­lege and St Ge­orge’s Col­lege,” Red­wood stated.

A mo­ment’s si­lence was also ob­served in mem­ory of the player. Mean­while, Do­minic’s fa­ther, David, said the fam­ily was in ‘awe’, but he thought his son de­served to have the award named in his hon­our.

HUM­BLING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

“The award means a lot for us as his par­ents ... We (par­ents) think it is very sig­nif­i­cant, we are awed by it. We are hum­bled as we didn’t know his reach was so far . ... the peo­ple he in­flu­enced and who love him. He was only a young man,” James told The Gleaner at yes­ter­day’s func­tion.

Mean­while, there will be some other new fea­tures to the tour­na­ment this year. The draw for the first round of games will take place at the Na­tional In­door Sports Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 19.

Un­like last sea­son when all the first-round matches were played on the same day, this sea­son, the open­ing round of matches will be con­tested over two days (Fri­day and Satur­day) at two venues, Sabina Park (Kingston) and Cather­ine Hall (Mon­tego Bay), start­ing at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be a Su­per Cup an­them, which will be played prior to the start of ev­ery game.

Each team qual­i­fy­ing for the Su­per Cup is guar­an­teed $25,000 for mak­ing the first round. The amount dou­bles af­ter each round. The quar­ter-fi­nal teams will re­ceive $50,000, semi-fi­nal­ists $100,000, and the fi­nal­ists $200,000 each. MVP and Golden Boot win­ners will re­ceive tro­phies and $100,000 to­wards their per­sonal devel­op­ment. The win­ning school is set to take home a prize purse of $1 mil­lion.

CON­TRIB­UTED

JAMES

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