Approximately 40 football scholarships were up for grabs in the third annual staging of the Jonathan Hibbert Memorial Football Tournament held at the Munroe College last weekend.
The day’s activities began at 9am and ended at 5pm. Munroe past student and organiser of the event Hopeland Lewis said, "We have eight boys team and five girls including St. Jago who will compete in two finals for the Jonathan Hibbert Trophy".
‘Johno’ was a gifted student who also excelled academically. He died in a motor vehicle accident on December 18, 2002.
Lewis a former central defender for Munroe College, who represented Jamaica as captain of the Under 17 football team and also played on the Under 20 team, said since the launch of the Jonathan Hibbert Foundation 33 scholarships have been awarded in the first two years of the tournament.
"Currently 17 students are enrolled at several prestigious universities in the United States which includes male and female", Lewis explained.
One such player is Andre ‘Shorty’ Anderson who is doing exceptionally well, scoring 27 goals with 15 assist in 21 games for the University of Maine in the US.
"This made Anderson the leading goal scorer in the US, and we the directors are very happy to be having this tournament once again”, said Lewis.
According to Lewis, the tournament is growing bigger and better, as several university coaches have already made commitments for the 2009 tournament.
The Jonathan Hibbert tournament was set up in 2003 to honour the memory of Jonathan Hibbert who was a well rounded sportsman and a gifted footballer.