Nearly 25 years ago Troy Harvey, a brother within the Bermuda Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, offered to take over a small but vibrant youth football event known as the Heritage Scholarship Football tournament.
The objective was to infuse fresh ideas as well as to give the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Bermuda Alumni Chapter, a vehicle to aid in the development of Bermuda’s young people in the areas of sportsmanship and achievement.
The event’s origins showcased the talents of young footballers between the ages of 7 and 12 and was called the Kappa Alpha Psi Pee Wee Extravaganza, with the first year featuring 12 boys teams competing in different age groups with the entire event taking place over a few hours on Saturday morning.
Fast foward to 2023 and the fraternity’s vision is clear in its success as the premier youth football tournament – renamed the Kappa Classic – takes in four days and features more than 1,000 boys and girls.
Nigel Burgess, this year’s co-chairman of the event spoke to the evolution of the event.
“The Kappa Classic started off 24 years ago as the Pee Wee Extravaganza and has grown over the years into Bermuda’s premier football tournament, which is a credit to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi and the growth of football,” said Burgess, still active on the pitch as goalkeeper for Premier Division outfit Hamilton Parish.