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Cowderoy contributed to sports development

The sporting history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is dotted with extremely generous team sponsors.

Going back to the beginning of the modern era of sports during the 1950s, City Lumber Yard, Burns House, Paradise Island, Bahamas Blenders, Kentucky Chicken, and William Brewer were that stalwart group of sports sponsors who paved the way for others to chip in and help with the national athletic development in the decades that followed.

Spotless Cleaners belongs in that upper echelon of iconic benefactors of sporting programs across the board.

During the 1970s from his operational base at the head store on Madeira Street, Ken Cowderoy was magnificent in his devotion to nation building through sports development.

Ken came to us out of western Canada(British Columbia)and blended within the Bahamian mix like few other foreigners have. Indeed, although we knew of his national background , the time came very quickly when the Bahamian sports family considered Ken one of our very own, as though he was always with us.

He was a giving person, to a fault some would say. Yes, Ken was much more than your prototypical sports sponsor. For the most part, sponsors concern themselves with providing teams with athletic gear and attire, competitive and travel fees and funding for social occasions.

Ken Cowderoy was much, much more.

He was a virtual father to scores of players over the years and a big brother to the coaches and managers who handled his teams during competition. His arm extended financially to assisting with schooling, personal difficulties and making advances for business ventures.

That was Ken.

He loved his players as he did his biological offspring. To Ken, they were all his children. And, they did go to daddy for just about everything. As well as he could, for many years, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, Ken gave. He gave plenty.

Many individual players and some of their families are better off in this life because they were fortunate to come into contact with Ken Cowderoy. His Spotless Cleaners teams were always the toast of the respective sports environments. He always made sure they looked good when representing his company.

It was a crowning moment for Ken when his teams were successful. I recall when his softball team became the best in the country. He beamed.

Ken was a proud sponsor, for more reasons than just the performances against other teams, however. He always wanted his team members to understand how important it was to transform victory in sports to success in other life endeavors.

Ken was a noble and humble gentleman, a very good soul. Goodbye Ken. May your soul forever rest in peace.

FirstCaribbean repor
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