Florida plays host for first time to annual Jamaican event

Island's basic schools to benefit from Bob Marley One Love Football Fun Day

LEGEND: Reggae star Bob Marley on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in June 1977

THE ANNUAL Bob Marley One Love Football Fun Day moves to the United States for the first time, with Florida playing hosts on Sunday (February 16).

For the first time in its 38-year history, the celebration of Jamaica’s legendary reggae singer and songwriter, takes place away from the Caribbean island.

Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, and under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair, the event is scheduled to be held at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida (local time 4pm-9pm).

Marley, whose love and penchant for football resulted in friendly games during tours with his band The Wailers, died in Miami in 1982 following a battle with cancer.


After his premature death, his close friend and soccer executive Clive Campbell kicked off the inaugural Bob Marley One Love Football Fun Day in Jamaica to celebrate Marley’s birthday (February 6).

This event has transpired into annual celebration and this year comprises friendly matches involving four teams of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz’ Invitational, Masters and Celebrities from Jamaica, as well as a team of locally-based former national players and celebrities.

Funds from the Bob Marley One Love Football Fun Day will be divided between the water bill initiative for Miramar residents, basic schools in Jamaica and the Reggae Girlz Foundation.

Advance US$15 tickets available online via www.caribtix.com, at the gate adults tickets cost US$20 with children half price.

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