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GraceKennedy proud of Champs wellness hub

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2023 | 10:43 AM

TITLE SPONSOR of the Inter-Secondary School Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, GraceKennedy, has redoubled its commitment to the holistic well-being of student-athletes, by providing a wellness hub at the five-day event which started on Tuesday, March 28 and culminated last evening.

The Grace Wellness Hub was located at the Athletes’ Village at Stadium East at the National Stadium, and served hundreds of athletes from high schools across Jamaica who competed in the various track and field disciplines at the 113th staging of the championships.

The hub offered light meals as well as refreshments to the athletes, to ensure they had a boost while they competed.

The hub also had nutritionists to provide informative consultations with athletes; practitioners to conduct body composition measurements; a hydration station; a recovery and physiotherapy area; and a fun zone to help athletes relax and unwind after competing.

Frank James, CEO of Grace Foods, Domestic, said the wellness hub was conceptualised by GraceKennedy to ensure a healthy and fun experience for the student-athletes as they competed during the intense week of events.

“We know that our athletes intend to give it their all on and off the track, and we look forward to cheering them on as they compete while providing a value-added experience for them with the wellness hub,” James said prior to the start of Champs.

The wellness hub also included tours by GraceKennedy ambassadors and Olympians Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Hansle Parchment and Briana Williams.

The tours allow student-athletes to interact with and be empowered and motivated by the track stars.

For the second consecutive year, Grace Foods had its ‘Move Like a Champ’ competition, which gave students the opportunity to show off their school spirit for a chance to win prizes for their school.

Students were able to submit short videos showcasing their school spirit through song, dance and cheer.

After committing to a cash sponsorship of over $82 million, and more than $90 million in execution cost for the 113th staging of Champs, GraceKennedy said it was delighted to continue to support the development of student-athletes in such a crucial way.

James also said the GraceKennedy team were especially excited for the return of the championships after the pandemic.