Sagicor pumps $4.5m into JTA Champs
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Sagicor Life Jamaica reaffirmed their sponsorship for this year's staging of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) All-Age and Junior High National Athletics Championships, when they handed over a sponsorship cheque valued at $4.5 million to the JTA yesterday.
The two-day event will be held at the National Stadium from May 18-19.
Ingrid Card, group marketing manager, Sagicor, presented her company's sponsorship cheque to Paul Adams, president of the JTA, during a press launch at the JTA offices on Church Street.
"Sports play a significant role in the development of young persons in our country and we are proud to have a 20-year history with this meet which has spawned several exceptional athletes," said Card.
"It was also an easy choice for us to support this meet because we want to start from the ground floor," she said. "Most of corporate Jamaica are at the Boys' Championships and at other senior levels and this group is kind of forsaken and we strongly believe that without this kind of meet, we would not have the talents that we have now and that is why this meet is so important to us."
In addition to its sponsorship, Sagicor will provide two five-year academic scholarships at the secondary school level to the champion boy and champion girl of the meet.
Adams said he was very delighted with the sponsorship and support in helping with the development of our junior athletes.
"This is where we unearth the talents of the younger generation in order to build them for the future," said Adams.
"We are very happy that Sagicor has come on board along with other sponsors. It is a part of our natural contribution towards people's children and it is this type of development that will endow to the best of Jamaica," he added.
Herman Reid, coach of Portland, the defending champions, said his team will be going all out to retain their title.
"We are the defending champions and we would like to continue this winning streak because we have never won this trophy back-to-back in our history," said Reid.
"However, we have a very young team, but we are confident that we can still retain our title," he added.