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Preparations in place for journey to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Wednesday, June 24, 2015: KINGSTON, JAMAICA: - Telecommunications leader and proud sponsor of Special Olympics Jamaica, Digicel, has made a donation of J$10M to the team as they prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July. 

The funds will be used to cover airfare and stipends for the 88-member delegation, the largest group in the Caribbean this year. The announcement was made during the SOJ’s launch of its ‘Countdown to LA’ campaign on Wednesday, June 24 at the National Stadium.

In reading the keynote on behalf the Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister with responsibility of Sport, who was unavoidably absent, Florette Blackwood said, “Jamaica is blessed with remarkable talent in sports, education, the arts, music and in many other disciplines and areas of development.” She continued, “In the same way that we are blessed with the talent, at times, we are challenged in terms of how to develop and nurture the talent, but together we have achieved, and this is an example we can follow in our daily lives and in our communities that if we work together, Jamaica will continue to be a great nation.”

“The delegation consists of 69 athletes, 17 coaches and 2 officials, the largest in the Caribbean this year,” shared Lorna Bell, Executive Director of Special Olympics Jamaica during her address at the launch.” 

Meanwhile, CEO of Digicel Jamaica, David Butler noted that, “Digicel has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics in Jamaica and across many of our markets for a long time. With that, we are very excited to be supporting the team as it prepares for the World Games in LA. In fact, our Chairman, Denis O’Brien will be in Los Angeles to wish the team all the very best in-person.” 

He continues; “Digicel is delighted to be helping the team make their sporting dreams come true and to be supporting the dreams of an entire nation. Each and every member of the team has worked very hard to secure their spot in LA, we’re very proud of them and we know they will continue to make Jamaica proud as they’ve always done.”

Special Olympics was the very first sponsorship that the telecommunications company signed when they launched in Jamaica in 2001 and they have remained committed to the Association since then, supporting them year after year in their various activities and helping to build awareness of the group.

“From July 25 to July 30, more than 7000 athletes from 177 countries across the world will meet in Los Angeles for the 2015 Games and Jamaica is ready to show the world that we are a talented country,” closed a proud Lorna Bell.


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