Three of Jamaica’s central high schools can breathe a sigh of relief as telelcommunications leader, Digicel, have stepped in to provide support for their Penn Relays team.
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 Franklin Field in Philadelphia to compete in various athletic meets.
The Vere Technical, Holmwood Technical and Spaldings High Schools have each received a cheque for $150,000 which will be used to offset travel, accommodation and nutrition costs for their 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.
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.”
In addition to these schools, Digicel will also support seven other schools bringing the total sponsorship to 1.5 million dollars.