Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013

CIBC FirstCaribbean supports youngsters of “Hollywood Muiz Arena”

First Caribbean BankWillemstad - CIBC FirstCaribbean recently sponsored the Muizenbergyouthsoccer team by providing uniforms, soccer balls, a water jug and vestsfor the players between the ages 14 to 16.

This gesture by CIBC FirstCaribbean was made to support the grassroots initiative undertaken by the youngsters of this neighborhood, to build their very own “Hollywood Muiz Arena”, all made out of wooden pallets. The Hollywood Muiz team will be hosting a tournament on Sunday March 31st in this facility which they built on their own and with recyclable resources available to them. CIBC FirstCaribbean strongly supports these types of initiatives generated within the community, to enrich life of people who live there, particularly the youth.

According to Gino Costino, one of the leaders, it all started with a group of friends of the Muizenberg neighborhood and surrounding districts coming together each day to play a game of soccer together.  On any regular day during the week, one can find about 15 to 20 youngsters intensively involved in their game of soccer.  Before the construction of the facility they did not have any facilities in the neighborhood to practice soccer, their favorite sport. They started out by making a fence to stop the balls rolling out of the field.

This effort brought them to the idea of creating a facility which went beyond a rundown field.  They, therefore, made a stand for the supporters who came by each day to see them play, a bridge to get to the field and a bus stop, all made out of wooden pallets. CIBC FirstCaribbean took notice of their ingenious initiatives and decided to support their efforts. The team is proud to host the first tournament held in their “ own” arena on Easter Sunday. Their biggest dream is to continue developing (sporting) facilities in Muizenberg and vicinity so the youth can enjoy their hobbies and participate in positive activities.

Marishka Minguel, Risk Control Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean said: “This initiative of the youth of Muizenberg and vicinity is a good example of how youngsters in our community can take initiative to improve the quality of their lives and that of their peers.  CIBC FirstCaribbean therefore supports the initiative and will provide for the uniforms, equipment and more.  We hope this initiative inspires people in other neighborhoods to take the reins in their own hands and collaborate to develop the same types of neighborhood activities for the youth. “

“Our youngsters are confident they will win the first soccer tournament played in their very own arena.  We of Hollywood Muiz thank CIBC FirstCaribbean for providing us with our colors and the support to continue with our quest to become better sportsmen and citizens of Curaçao.  Rest assured that we, together with CIBC FirstCaribbean, will enjoy many moments of glory as our youngsters triumph in tournaments they compete in.” a very enthusiastic Costino said.

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