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The nation’s recent accomplishments in international sporting events is has given rise to this year’s Jamaica Day theme. Jamaica Day 2014 will encourage students to “sport” greatness as they revel in our greatness in the sporting arena.
Jamaica Day 2014 seeks to celebrate the many markers of our unique “Jamaicanness” and our contribution to the world which is represented in our continuous striving for excellence and greatness.
The 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) will be observed this year and the work of the UNIA will also be commemorated at Jamaica Day 2014 activities across the island. This year’s celebration is intended to highlight the impact made by the UNIA on Jamaica and people of African descent around the world.
Jamaica Day 2014 will be directed towards achieving two major objectives:
1. Identify, celebrate, support and protect everything and everyone that has accomplished or has the potential for achieving greatness in the community.
2. Provide the communities with a greater opportunity for supporting Jamaica Day and becoming more involved with the activities.
Jamaica Day Meditation
One special feature of Jamaica Day 2014 is the Jamaica Day Meditation. On Jamaica Day, February 28, at 10:15 a.m. all activity is expected to cease as all students and teachers recite or read the Jamaica Day Meditation.
Jamaica Day Inspiration
Jamaica’s first National Hero was born in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann, on August 17, 1887. During his career Garvey travelled extensively throughout many countries, observing the poor working and living conditions of black people.
In 1914 he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organisation, encouraged self-government for black people worldwide; self-help economic projects and protest against racial discrimination…READ MORE
Antonio Maceo Grajales
Major General Antonio Maceo Grajales and General Maximo Gomez executed the greatest feat of the Cuban struggle for independence, the invasion from East to West, 1776 kilometres in 78 days, leading around 3,000 Cuban patriots against an army of 200,000 men with the latest weaponry and more than 42 Spanish generals…READ MORE
Jamaica is a nation blessed with a proud, rich and vibrant sporting history. Over the years, Jamaicans have excelled on the world stage in sporting disciplines such as athletics, netball, football, cricket, boxing, cycling, table tennis, swimming and even winter sports such as bobsledding, dog sledding and ski cross!
Our Blind Cricketers, Paralympians and Special OIympians have also made us proud with their phenomenal performances.
Jamaica first entered international sporting competition in 1930 when we sent a team 35 athletes to the 2nd Central American Games (now Central American and Caribbean Games) in Havana, Cuba. Since then, Jamaican athletes have achieved the distinction of earning medals at most Summer Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships.
Since our successful entry into the Olympic Games in 1948, Jamaica has accumulated a tally of 67 medals – 17 gold, 30 silver and 20 bronze.