Jim McMahon and friends head to the Cayman Islands
18.09.2014 - 18.09.2014 90 °F
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Super Bowl Shuffle Caymanian Style
I blew off my 2nd period Spanish class to chat with Jim McMahon and with Grant Fuhr about his recent beach wedding in the basketball gym.
Let’s back up a second for the real I didn't teach. Back in 2014, a Caymanian teenager had been bullied on the internet after losing a fight at school. Unfortunately soon after, so embarrassed and ashamed, he took his own life. He had been a basketball player on island. Former European pro basketball player Cory McGee had coached him and decided to act. He made it his goal that no other teenager in the Cayman Islands would be bullied to the point that they felt the only possibility would be taking their own life. He set out spreading the word about bullying at local schools and bringing in friends from the sports and entertainment worlds.
Grant Fuhr, Jim McMahon, and Michael Holding
When I walked into the ARC (our basketball gym), standing against the wall were former Chicago Bear’s quarterback Jim McMahon, multiple Stanley Cup winner goalie Grant Fuhr, and West Indies cricket great Michael Holding. As the 12 to 18 year old students filed into the ARC, all having been born after 1998, none were aware that the Super Bowl Shuffle even existed.
Trivia: Which guy is Grant Fuhr who won several Stanley Cups with Wayne Gretzky? Not the guy on the right!
Yet being that these athletes were “famous”, they performed the duty expected of any good citizen around athletes, they requested autographs. They asked for them on any piece of paper they could find. Since the fine institution of Cayman International School has a strong conglomerate of hockey crazed Canucks, they all flocked like maple syrup to pancakes to Grant Fuhr. That left Michael Holding comfortably sitting in a metal chair by himself and Jim McMahon stuck leaning on a wall next to me talking about golf in Phoenix and his impending graduation from BYU.
All three sports figures spoke about the need to stand up to bullies like New Mexicans should fight to keep Texans off their ski slopes. Most impressive was Michael Holding’s message upon the crowd to simply “treat others like you would like to be treated”.