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St Aloysius gets boost from ‘Games For Life’ Foundation

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Shamal Thomas (right), founder of 'Games of Life', pose with members of the St Aloyious Primary School football team at the school on Monday. Former St Aloyious student and 'Games for Life' ambassador, Allando Brown (back row, fifth left), share in the moment.

St Aloysius Primary School was the recent beneficiary of football gear and equipment courtesy of the Game of Life Foundation, which made contributions of jerseys, balls and socks to the alma mater of one of the foundation's ambassadors, Allando Brown.

Jamaica College (JC) and national Under-20 defender Brown was on hand to present the gifts and said it felt good giving back and encouraged the school to make the most of the donation.

"It's a great opportunity for the school, and it's great for me to give back. It's wonderful," he said.

"It (equipment) can help them a lot because when I was here, I didn't have much support."

Panseta Walker, St Aloysius' sports coordinator, said the school has a vibrant sports programme, noting that the gear will provide a big boost.

"We are in need of gear and equipment every year because we have different students coming and leaving. We do very well in sports, so I am very happy and thankful to Allando for remembering and supporting the school," she commented.

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"They (students) really appreciate the gesture. Now they, too, can aspire to be like Allando."

Shamal Thomas, head of the foundation, noted that it was the organisation's fifth donation since the project started in January, and it was the second of their three ambassadors' former schools.

Junior Flemmings' former school, Calabar Primary and Junior High, was the other.

Donations were also made to Lawrence Tavern, George Headley and Duhaney Park primary schools.

The organisation will sign off the term with a presentation to the primary school of their third ambassador, Raffique Bryan, who attended Jones Town Primary.

Thomas said the organisation continues to grow and insisted that more youngsters could be inspired with more support.

"This was very special. This was the first one we were doing independently, and we did it in collaboration with Chancellor Hall, who provided the gear and equipment. The equipment issued this morning had Game of Life printed on it and that was the first time we were

doing that," the University of the West Indies student pointed out.

"Things have been going well, but Game of Life can do more to get more boys and girls playing football. We are helping to build a nation through sports. We want to show kids they can be a representative and an ambassador like Allando

Brown," he said.

Game of Life seeks to promote the playing of the sport among youngsters, while encouraging them to balance sport with the books.