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Digicel sponsors 10 high schools for Penns Relays

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Telecommunications firm Digicel has donated $1.5 million to offset costs for 10 high schools to participate in the 2015 Penn Relays in the United States (US) from April 23-25.

The schools to benefit are Alpha Academy, Excelsior, Petersfield, Rusea's, Green Island, Herbert Morrison, Papine, Spalding, Vere and Holmwood.

Listed as the oldest track-and-field meet in the US, thousands of high-school and collegiate athletes from across the world will converge at the University of Pennsylvania at Frankin Field in Philadelphia to compete in various athletic meets.

Digicel's senior sponsorship and development manager, Kamal Powell, said the contribution is part of their continued commitment to supporting and developing youth athletics in Jamaica.

developmental boost

"As you can imagine, being able to compete at an international level is a great achievement for these young athletes, as they not only get to show their talent, but it's also a huge confidence and developmental boost for them," he said. "So Digicel is very happy to help to make this happen."

Chester McCarthy, coach of Holm-wood, which will be sending a

25-member contingent, called the support 'tremendous'.

He said: "It is going to be a tremendous help to us, as right now we are constrained financially and we weren't sure how we would make it to 'Penns' this year. So it was a big relief when Digicel said they will be helping us.

"Digicel and Jamaica can expect that we will put this money to good use, as we will definitely be giving of our best during the meet," McCarthy added.