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'Wagga' Hunt memorial at UWI Bowl

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 5:15 PMLivingston Scott
Contributed Minister without portfolio with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley (left), greets Special Olympian Latoya Reid on her arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Wednesday. Also pictured (at right) is Special Olympian Lorraine Strachan. The athletes were part of the 88-member delegation that represented Jamaica at the fourth Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, United States. Minister Neita-Headley hosted a welcome reception for members of the team in the Pineapple Lounge at the airport. Jamaica won 29 individual and team medals from competing in swimming, badminton, basketball, bocce, football (male and female), volleyball and athletics.

The seventh staging of the David 'Wagga' Hunt Football Extravaganza and Scholarship Initiative will be staged today at the UWI Bowl, Mona.

Three games are down to be contested, starting at 1 p.m. with a Masters game between Pelican and Clarendon Eagles. The second game at 3 p.m. will feature the University of the West Indies' Premier League team against Seaview Gardens' Major League outfit.

The feature match at 4:30 p.m. will see Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High's Manning Cup teams going up against each other.

The event, which is in its seventh year, is geared towards funding full scholarships for two eighth-grade students, one each from Calabar and KC, respectively. The scholarships are valued at $600,000 each, with $100,000 to be disbursed to the scholars each year during their high-school years.

commendable academic performance

The scholarships are valid for the duration of the students' secondary-level schooling and will cover things like tuition, books, lunch and other relevant expenses.

Scholarship recipients must display commendable academic performance and attitude, they should be involved in sports and other co-curricular activities and in need of financial assistance.

Meanwhile, a donation to both schools will also be forwarded, with KC and Calabar to receive $100,000 each for the programmes.

The David 'Wagga' Hunt Football Extravaganza and Scholarship Initiative has already contributed more than $2million, with more than 12 students benefitting from the programme, along with the two students to be selected this year.

The annual event commemorates the life of former Meadhaven United and Calabar High coach, Hunt, for his committed and extensive contribution to the development of football in Jamaica.