FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUMMER GAMES TO FEATURE INVITATIONAL 100m RUN
Kingston, (July 11, 2013) — The 2013 CVSS Summer Games schedule has been publicly released and it includes a 100 meter run at 11:00am, open to all guests, sponsors, athletes and exhibitors.
The Games take place on Saturday, July 13, at Mona Bowl, UWI campus.
The opening ceremonies, which will be hosted by Minister with Responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, will take place at 10:00 am, and will be followed by the cheerleading competition.
According to CVSS CEO, Mrs Winsome Wilkins, the CVSS Summer Games are designed to give young people from at-risk communities an opportunity to compete in a spirit of fellowship with other athletes from across the island, to enjoy organized summer activities free of charge, and to build confidence and self-assurance through a programme of training leading up to the Games.
The Honourable Natalie Neita-Headley, who will officially open the Games, noted that “the government appreciates the real and potential impact of these CVSS Summer Games as they offer opportunities to both able-bodied and intellectually and physically challenged young athletes.”
The closing ceremonies will feature final team awards presented by Canadian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Robert Ready. The CVSS will unveil the new slogan for the 2014 Games, and the winners of the first-ever slogan naming contest will be awarded Sony Nucleo Tablets, courtesy of the LIME Foundation.
More than 20 sponsors threw their support behind the Games, with the Usain Bolt Foundation becoming the latest sponsor. Mrs Wilkins said that the outpouring of support for the Games – including in-kind and cash donations -is a testament to a renewed spirit of partnership and philanthropy she is seeing across the island. “The spirit of volunteerism, of giving, and giving back, is alive and well in Jamaica.”
Five exhibitors will also attend the Games providing information services to the attendees. The Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project (funded by GoJ/EU/UNEP) is a major sponsor as well as an exhibitor, bringing awareness and information to young people about the impacts of climate change and how to make a difference.
The CVSS, which is one of Jamaica’s oldest non-profit umbrella organisations, has been running the Games for several years, through their Youth Sector agencies. The Games are open to member agencies and other non-profits who provide much-needed social services to youth across the island.
For more information contact:
Mrs. Sharon Edwards
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