Belizeans celebrate Labor Day in New York City
By Wellington C. Ramos
Caribbean News Now contributor
NEW YORK, USA -- For years, Belizeans have been having a football marathon among all the Belizean football teams in New York City on Labor Day. This was the idea of two great Belize football legends, namely, Louis Antonio ‘Mugga’ Garbutt and his friend Nelson "Roo" Robinson.
In July of this year, the entire Belizean football community was saddened to hear of the death of their football legend friend ‘Mugga’ Garbutt. Maurice ‘Gene’ Guild, Wellington Ramos and Robert ‘Mole' Melendez, who are former football players and officers of the Belizean American Caribbean Football Association Inc., immediately contacted Wallace Mitchell, who is the president of Wallydee Productions, to honour Mugga this year on Sunday September 1 at the Linden Boulevard football field during his activities.
The scheduled activities for the day were a football knockout marathon with four Belize teams, namely, Wagiya, Belize United, FC Belize and Chicago, lime and spoon race, sack race, track and field, etc.
After all the activities had taken place, the winner of the football marathon was the Wagiya football team, which is owned by New York City businessman and former football player, Salomon Flores from Dangriga Town.
On hand to present a plaque to the family of the late ‘Mugga’ Garbutt for his contributions to the sport of football in Belize and the United States was Belize's ambassador to the United Nations, Lois Young, who was the first Belizean ambassador to visit Belizeans at this event on that day.
Hundreds of Belizeans were at the field to witness this historic occasion.
The Wagiya football team received two sets of trophies; one that was donated by the Belizean community and the other by Wallydee Productions.
Butch Fairweather, another prominent Belizean businessman and football supporter for many years, also donated a team trophy to the owner of Wagiya, the marathon champions.
Next year, the association, along with Wallydee Productions, intends to carry on this tradition, with thanks to all Belizean people who contributed towards the purchasing of the trophies and plaque with their kind donations.