JIS News

Jamaican student athletes taking part in this year’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are to benefit from education scholarships from the Jamaica Impact (JAMPACT) organization of New York.
The scholarships will be administered through Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the volunteer organization that provides for the welfare of athletes from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean at the annual meet.
Kamar Samuels, president of JAMPACT, will present the scholarship package to Irwine Clare, Sr., executive director/founder of TJB, at a reception to be held at the Penn stadium in honour of the athletes at the end of the three-day meet on April 29.
Details of the awards are to be finalized between JAMPACT, TJB and the Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), the national governing body for scholastic sports in Jamaica.
Mr. Samuels told JIS News that his organization was proud of its association with TJB, “and we look forward to continuing our relationship”. He noted that the awards gave JAMPACT a unique opportunity to support the island’s current and future track and field starts.
Meanwhile, Mr. Clare lauded JAMPACT on the initiative, noting that TJB welcomed any contribution from non-government groups. Last week, in Philadelphia, TJB presented an international community service award to Dr. Walter Lomax, founder/chairman of the Lomax Companies and Lomax Health Systems, for his support of the group’s work since 1995.
The 112 annual Penn Relays takes place at the Ben Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia from Thursday, April 27 through to Saturday, April 29.