LIME Foundation makes link with Penn Relays teams
The LIME Foundation has contributed a total of $3.6 million to 24 schools and institutions that will participate in the 2015 Penn Relays set for April 23-25 in Philadelphia, United states.
Each collected $150,000 to offset costs to compete at the annual meet. The foundation also handed over calling cards valued at $50,000 to the teams.
"This is a really great pleasure for me personally. This is the 22nd year in a row that we are assisting teams to participate in the Penn Relays," Errol Miller, executive chairman of the LIME Foundation said at the brief ceremony held at the company's Carlton Crescent head office yesterday morning.
"Up until now, any school that applied gets assistance, and every team gets the same amount. We lead and open the way for others to contribute," he added.
"Our support for the development of youth athletics is strong. We have been making the investment since 1993 and the foundation - like many Jamaicans - is pleased at the year-over-year improvement in performance when our local schools go up against some of the world's best," Miller said.
He urged the athletes to go for glory.
"For most of you, this would be your first stint on the world stage, and so I urge you to showcase what's best about our great little island, because the world will be watching," Miller added.
Ludlow Watts, treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) praised LIME for their contributions.
"We at the JAAA fully appreciate sponsorship from sports-loving companies like LIME," Watts said.
Michael Dyke, coach of 2015 girls' champions Edwin Allen High, also lauded LIME.
"It is an unbelievable contribution as the schools are under financial constraints, so it will help to give youngsters a chance to develop their talent," Dyke told The Gleaner.
The schools and institutions which collected cheques yesterday were: Ardenne High, Calabar High, Convent of Mercy Academy, Cornwall College, Donald Quarrie High, Edwin Allen, Excelsior High. G.C. Foster College. Greater Portmore High, Holmwood Technical, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Manchester High, Munro College, Papine High, Spalding High, St Catherine High, St Elizabeth Technical High, St George's College, St Jago High, The Queen's School, University of Technology, Vere Technical and Wolmer's Boys.