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Int'l stars give back at WATA-sponsored RuJohn Foundation camp

Published:Saturday | June 28, 2014 | 6:00 AM
Power forward for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, Andray Blatche (left), demonstrates how to protect the basketball to campers during the Wata-sponsored RuJohn Sports Foundation Sports Camp on Monday at Kingston College.-Contributed

Kingston:A host of international sports stars and Hollywood celebrities were present in Jamaica for the 13th staging of the Wata-sponsored RuJohn Foundation Sports Camp from Sunday, June 22, to Monday, June 23.

The camp saw students from various secondary schools across Kingston & St Andrew and St Catherine being coached in basketball, cheerleading and baseball as they gathered at Kingston College on Monday.

This year, the camp saw the young men and women being coached by renowned athletes such as Andray Blatche, who plays power forward or centre for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. Blatche was joined by fellow sports star Darius Butler, who is a corner back for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

There were also several Hollywood celebrities offering mentorship and guidance to the students. Lance Gross from Tyler Perry's Temptations: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, as well as Grey's Anatomy actress Bresha Webb and Robert Ri'Chard from Coach Carter, gave generously of their time and talents to ensure the youngsters had an unforgettable experience.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Janine Josephs, brand manager for Wata, was also present at the camp and expressed pleasure in being able to support the personal development of those youngsters in attendance.

"We are proud to support the development of young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity to attend sports or self-esteem workshops coached by internationally notable actors and athletes," said Josephs.

"Wata supports youth development in many ways, such as schoolboy football and athletics. This is simply an extension of Wata's involvement in such community projects," she added.

The RuJohn Foundation has provided resources for thousands of underprivileged youth in Jamaica and the United States, leaving them with priceless memories, life lessons and the confidence to achieve in school and other endeavours. In addition to offering students the unique opportunity to experience sports camps and acting workshops led by professional athletes and entertainers, the foundation has also provided academic scholarships and funding for school-lunch programmes. Donations have also been made in the form of computers, desks, printers, backpacks, notebooks, pens, and pencils.

In the past, the RuJohn Foundation has offered assistance for hurricane victims, refurbished two basketball courts and renovated the athletic building at Kingston College, where the camp is hosted annually.