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  • Representative of the University of Pennsylvania are in the island on a three-day visit to explore opportunities for providing financial aid to high school student athletes.
  • The visit follows last week-end’s historic celebration of Jamaica's 50th year of participation in the Penn Relays.
  • The team which comprise Director of Track & Field, Steve Dolan and Executive Director of Athletics, Alanna Shanahan, on Monday, April 28, met with the Hon. Natalie Neita Headley.

Representative of the University of Pennsylvania are in the island on a three-day visit to explore opportunities for providing financial aid to high school student athletes. The visit follows last week-end’s historic celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of participation in the Penn Relays.

“This is a welcomed and timely outreach effort,” Minister Neita Headley said, adding: “it will allow a number of our student athletes the opportunity of an Ivy League education as they continue to pursue their passion for athletics and prepare for life after active competition.”

The team which comprise Director of Track & Field, Steve Dolan and Executive Director of Athletics, Alanna Shanahan, on Monday, April 28, met with the Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister with Responsibility for Sport, at Jamaica House.

“I am grateful to the University of Pennsylvania for seeking to strengthen its relationship with our High Schools that year after year provide so much excitement and entertainment at the Penn Relays. There is no denying the tremendous impact our Jamaica athletes and spectators from the Diaspora have on the continued success of this 120 year old event,” Minister Neita Headley said.

According to Alanna Shanahan, the places being offered at the University will not be athletic scholarships noting that “even though we will seek to attract students with strong athletic backgrounds, we are looking for students who are even stronger academically.”

The competitive financial aid opportunity will be awarded to qualified CAPE TWO students who are also able to score well on their SATs.This is to be an on-going programme which could be expanded to include additional schools over time.