NFL skills event moves to Cayman Islands for 3-year stint

Preceding its hosting of the Caribbean's Sustainable Tourism Conference from May 21 to 24, the Cayman Islands will serve as the venue for an event of an entirely different sort, this one targeted at the sports market.

The National Football League signed a three-year agreement with the Cayman Islands to host the 2007 DirecTV NFL Quarterback Challenge, which will be filmed May 19 in Grand Cayman and aired on ESPN on Aug. 3.

In its 17th year, the competition tests the NFL's top quarterbacks in skills' competitions that measure accuracy, speed and mobility, and the long distance throw.

Top NFL receivers also will participate in the "No Huddle" timed event in which quarterbacks complete passes to receivers.

Participating players will be announced shortly.

"The Cayman Islands is proud to become the first international destination to host this NFL skills event," said Charles Clifford, minister of tourism.

Past events have been held in Kauai and Fort Lauderdale.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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