Kingston, Jamaica – While Jamaica’s senior athletes prepare for the world’s greatest athletics event, the 2016 Rio Olympics, another set of athletes are now on their way to represent their school and Jamaica at yet another international event – the 2016 North West Miami Classics Track & Field meet.
Longstanding supporter of youth athletics, telecommunications firm FLOW once again stepped in to assist another set of budding track and field stars. This time, the firm is helping to send twelve young athletes from the Rousseau Primary School in Kingston to the meet which takes place on June 10 in Miami, Florida. Providing support totalling USD$5000, the company presented its contribution on Wednesday, following appeals from the school’s administrators for assistance for the promising team of student athletes, most of whom will be travelling for the first time.
Kayon Wallace, FLOW’s Director of Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Management said that the donation is in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to support sports development at the junior level. “We have been a proud supporter of youth athletics in Jamaica as we believe this is a key driver of their development. Competitions such as the Miami Classics provide another opportunity for our young athletes to shine, hone their talents and skills while making Jamaica proud. Flow is delighted to support these youngsters. We believe that this level of exposure is good for them and will go a long way in their development,” Wallace said.
Owen Speid, Principal of the school lauded FLOW for its generous financial donation which came “just in time”. “As a publicly-run institution, activities like this are funded through fundraisers as well as the generous donations from corporate entities like FLOW. On behalf of the student athletes and the wider school community, I want to say a big thank you.”
FLOW also provided the contingent with travelling gear and other items. The team left the island on Thursday to participate in the prestigious event that is expected to attract athletes from the USA, Canada, the wider Caribbean and Latin America.