Grenadian Diaspora donates to primary schools’ athletic programmes

Thursday, September 11, 2014 4:06 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 11 September, 2014: On Wednesday, Grenadians within the Diaspora through the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs, donated athletic shoes to primary schools.

A total of twenty-one (21) primary schools benefitted from the distribution of running spikes, which will be an added boost towards their athletic programmes.

In August, Clevroy Depradine, representing the Diaspora group, donated the shoes to the Ministry, in order to assist young athletes with their athletic development and performance.

On behalf of the Ministry, Coordinator of Sports Conrad Francis thanked Clevroy Depradine and all the persons within the Diaspora for their donation.

“We are elated and very happy with the fact that there are Grenadians out there who are willing to support our young people,” said Francis.

The Coordinator stated that the Ministry believes that the distribution of the athletic gear was very timely since early preparations by the schools have begun for the 2014-2015 track and field season.

Francis added that although the gesture may appear to be small “… in fact it is huge because it means that it is one pair less that you [the schools] will have to buy or one child less that will be running barefooted.”

Representing the Diaspora group was Grenadian Sports Journalist, Michael Bascombe, who stated that the efforts were made after viewing the live internet streaming of the National Primary Schools’ Sports earlier this year, where Grenadians in the Diaspora saw the student athletes running barefooted on the track.

“It’s an ongoing process through the kindness of many Grenadians,” said the Grenadian sports journalist, who started the process many years ago.

“It’s good to see the effort [the distribution] here and it’s good to see the people who are here to receive them [the shoes]. I hope, on behalf of the group, that they [the shoes] will be put into good use and that hopefully in the new year, when we look on television at the streaming of the various sports meets, we will see some of these colors [of the shoes] on the track,” he said at the handing over of the gear.

Minister for Youth, Sports, and Religious Affairs, Hon. Emmalin Pierre, commended the invaluable contribution and continued efforts made by the group of Grenadians in the diaspora.

The Minister believes that initiatives like these play a key role in the development of sports. She stated that individuals and groups must be applauded for recognizing that the Government cannot, by itself, achieve its goals.

“If we attempt to manage, administer, coordinate, and implement all the aspects of sports, we would find that it would be an impossible task for Government alone,” said Minister Pierre. “And that is why I always stress the need for partnership with associations, organizations and individuals always necessary.”

Minister Pierre also encourages other Grenadians to do similar initiatives, in the future, because it would make a huge difference to sports in Grenada.




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