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Sam Haven 6th Annual Softball Invitational set for Saturday

The Bankers Athletic Association will host the 6th Annual Sam Haven Softball Invitation on Saturday, February 1, at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, starting at 9 a.m.

The invitational will see five co-ed teams vying for the trophy and bragging rights. The defending champions are the Outsiders. The other teams participating in the tournament are CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the British American Financial (BAF Financial).

It will be a double elimination format. Jayson Clarke played a huge role in getting the tournament underway.

Petra Haven, Haven’s daughter, said they are looking forward to the competition.

“It is a sports tournament, so everyone is going to be competitive to see who is going to win and get the trophy at the end of the tournament. I know it is a rivalry between the bankers as well so it is not just the competitiveness but a rivalry between the different financial institutions,” Petra said.

She continued: “We are looking forward to everyone being a part of the tournament again. It hits close to home because it is a way for me to remember my dad and be around persons that loved him just as much as I did.”

Haven passed away in 2014. He played for Scotiabank, where he was the director of private clients.

The invitational was named after him because of the pivotal role he played in the banking field and softball. He assisted in starting the Bankers Softball League.

“It is not only an honor to see that but it is amazing to see his legacy continue after he would have passed,” the younger Haven said. “It is heartwarming to know that there are persons out there that recognize his gift and what he would have done for sports in The Bahamas and how he was a major player in these things, especially soccer and softball. It is an honor to see his legacy continue. Sometimes it tears me up because it is unbelievable. Yes, he is gone but there is something I can go to in his memory and something that I can be a part of in his memory.”

He played soccer for The Bahamas national team and was even the captain. Haven was also instrumental in forming the women’s national soccer team.

The sports fanatic was also instrumental in forming the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC).

Apart from this tournament being named in his honor, Haven also had the National High School Soccer Championships named in his honor.

Organizers are inviting the public to come out and bring the family to a fun-filled day on Saturday.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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