Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The Montego Bay Boys and Girls' Club netball team was the recipient of a well-needed $250,000 support package on Thursday when international power tools brand DeWalt joined with local industrial hardware supplier National Supply to assist the club in upcoming competitions.
Antonio Morgan, international sales representative for Stanley Black & Decker, said he chose to invest in the club because he felt it was the right thing to do.
"What we are trying to do here is not to just sponsor a team for a season, but to get involved in the development of this club. The development of the young people of Montego Bay in particular," said Donovan Chen-See, director sales and marketing, National Supply Company.
"What has happened here with us is that National Supply and DeWalt have decided that we are going to pool our sponsorship to the MoBay Boys' and Girls Club to the tune of half-million dollars," he added.
The breakdown of the financial support will see the basketball team, The Montego Bay Warriors, receiving $200,000, while a similar amount will go to the netball team, with the $100,000 difference going directly to the club.
The Warriors are striving to become the Second City and the western region's most prolific basketball team. They are a regular in the Western Conference Basketball Championship. With the added incentive, that will be much clearer.
Chen See said the presentation was a further indication of their commitment to the development of the club, which has been in operation for over 70 years.
"I am quite impressed with this group and National Supply, and now, DeWalt have stepped up to deliver quality sponsorship not only to our boys, but now including the girls, whose netball programme can only benefit from this," reasoned Chen See.
He expressed high hopes for the both the basketball and netball teams, stating that this latest financial injection should go a far way in aiding their development. He also noted that National Supply and DeWalt's plan is to "be part of the Montego Bay Boys and Girls' Club's renewal.
The MBBGC Warriors ply their trade in the JABA Western Confederation Basketball League, while the netball team participates in the St James Netball League.