JIS News

Former Jamaica tennis champion, Karl Hale, is assisting with the development of the sport in Jamaica with a donation of more than Cdn$40,000 in tennis equipment.
The one-time Davis Cup and Jamaica national tennis champion recently sent 266 tennis racquets obtained from Wilson Sports and 10,000 tennis balls, to Tennis Jamaica, the organization responsible for the administration and development of tennis in Jamaica.
Mr. Hale, who is Head of Racquet Sports (squash and tennis) at the exclusive sports and fitness Donalda Club in Toronto, Canada, will also be taking two Canadian tennis professionals to Jamaica for one week, from June 4 to 11.
According to Mr. Hale, the professionals will conduct several tennis clinics with Physical Education (PE) teachers in the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios areas. He said it was important to increase the abilities of PE teachers and coaches in order to maintain sustainability in the sport.
The Canadians will also spend one day with students ranging from 6 to 16 years of age. The clinics are being offered free of cost to participants.Mr. Hale told JIS News that he was doing all of this in order to give back to Jamaica.
“Tennis is a great sport that helped me to develop and can help young people to stay fit and active. If they continue to pursue tennis, some of them can even get scholarships to the United States, which several Jamaicans are currently doing. I am looking forward to making a difference to the young people in Jamaica,” he said.
This is not the first time Mr. Hale is assisting Jamaica. In 2004, he hosted a ‘Jamaica Night’ event at the Donalda Club, which raised over Cdn$1,000 for victims of Hurricane Ivan.
The former Jamaica tennis champion, who represented the country between 1987 and 2004, was born in Falmouth, Trelawny, and attended Mount Alvernia High school before migrating to Canada in 1976.