Digicel Makes Penn Relays Possible for 10 High Schools
Over 100 hundred athletes from 10 high schools across Jamaica, are now busy making final plans to attend and participate in the 2015 Penn Relays in the US from April 23-25.
This is made possible thanks to donation of J$1.5M from telecommunications company, Digicel to offset travel, accommodation and nutrition costs for the contingent of athletes.
According to the company’s senior sponsorship and development manager, Kamal Powell, this is a part of its continued commitment to supporting and developing youth athletics in Jamaica.
Listed as the oldest track and field meet in the USA; thousands of high school and collegiate athletes from across the world will converge at the University of Pennsylvania at Frankin Field in Philadelphia to compete in various athletic meets.
Chester McCarthy, coach of the Holmwood Technical High School, who will be sending a 25-member contingent to the Relays said, "To be honest, it is going to be a tremendous help to us as right now we are constrained financially and we weren’t sure how we would make it to ‘Penns’ this year. So it was a big relief when Digicel said they will be helping us. Digicel and Jamaica can expect that we will put this money to good use as we will definitely be giving of our best during the meet.”
In the meantime, Kamal Powell said, “As you can imagine, being able to compete at an international level is a great achievement for these young athletes as they not only get to show their talent, but it’s also a huge confidence and developmental boost for them. So Digicel is very happy to be help to make this happen.”
The ten schools to benefit from the sponsorship are, Alpha Academy, Excelsior, Petersfield, Rusea’s, Green Island, Herbert Morrison, Papine and Spalding High as well as Vere and Holmwood Technical High Schools.