KC, C’bar clash in ‘Wagga’ Classic
The 12th annual David 'Wagga' Hunt Football Classic will take place this afternoon at 4 with an exciting matchup between defending Manning Cup and Olivier Shield champions Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High School (C'bar).
Dubbed a 'goodwill game,' it's the David "Wagga" Hunt Scholarship Foundation's way of reintroducing the Classic after the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and other restrictions.
The Classic was established in 2009 in honour of the late David 'Wagga' Hunt, a KC alum. Hunt was a football coach who is credited with reviving the sport at Calabar, coaching them in 2005 to achieve their first Manning Cup title in 28 years.
The team also copped the coveted Olivier Shield title that year. The Classic is seen as a unifying force, emblematic of the generosity of spirit and community that Hunt embodied. His dedication to working with youth is the driving force in the preservation of his legacy since his passing in 2007.
Hunt's mantra for the KC/C'bar rivalry was, "We can be rivals, not enemies." The fierce rivalry of the schools will take a back seat to competitive fun and camaraderie on that day. Bragging rights are, however, still in effect.
The foundation offers scholarships to deserving students at KC and C'bar, both in Kingston, Jamaica.
"I am very proud of the work the DWH Foundation has done since inception, and I am eagerly looking forward to our abbreviated Classic, which will be our 12th staging," said Christopher Hunt, the younger brother of David and co-chair of the Washington, DC-based foundation.
He disclosed that for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year the foundation will disburse scholarships to 24 recipients (12 KC and 12 C'bar) with just more than US$17,000 (J$2.4 million).
"I am very proud and appreciative that we can continue to keep David's memory alive while impacting the boys from both schools," he added.