SVL gives 1,000 tickets to schools
Title sponsors Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) yesterday handed over 1,000 tickets to students from 16 schools from all across Jamaica for this week's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/SVL National Senior Championships, scheduled for the National Stadium from June 28-July 1.
The students will be in the stands on Friday's highly anticipated second day of the meet, which serves as Jamaica's Olympic trials and will witness, among other things, the men's 100m final, as well as the opening ceremony and Jamaica 50 Independence celebrations.
This is SVL's ninth year of involvement with the meet, and the company's president and CEO, Brian George, explained that a big focus in their $10.72-million sponsorship was the determination to expose the meet and ensure that an opportunity was afforded to youngsters to see the marquee event.
"We took a decision, as a company, over and above the sponsorship that we agreed to that we wanted to ensure that we exposed young people, who would have otherwise not been able to go to the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships, the opportunity to view it on Friday evening," said George at a press conference and handover ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel yesterday afternoon.
Sonia Davidson, vice-president, group corporate communications, echoed similar sentiments.
"Fifty years is a milestone for Jamaica, and a lot of these students wouldn't have the opportunity to be at the stadium for this event, so Mr George made the commitment that we would allocate 1,000 tickets to students so that they could be at the stadium and attend the event and we are happy to do this," Davidson said.
The recipients were Alpha Boys, Camperdown, Charlie Smith, Donald Quarrie, Edwin Allen, Hydel, Jamaica College, John Mills, Kingston College, Queen's, St George's College, St Jago, Tarrant, Tivoli Gardens, Wolmer's Boys' and Wolmer's Girl's.
Meanwhile, tickets for the meet will go on sale today at SVL's office located at 20 Barbados Avenue in New Kingston, Acropolis (Barbican and Cross Roads), York Pharmacy and at the National Stadium ticket office.
Season tickets are being sold for $5,000, while grandstand tickets for Thursday will go for $500. Friday's tickets will cost: $2,000 (Grandstand A), $1,500 (Grandstand B) and $1,200 (Grandstand C). On Saturday - $1,200 (Grandstand A), $1,000 (Grandstand B), $800 (Grandstand C) and Sunday - $2,000 (Grandstand A), $1,500 (Grandstand B) and $1,200 (Grandstand C).
Bleachers tickets for Friday through to Sunday will cost $500.