Popcaan joins Digicel Grand Prix - Gives $100K to top schools
In addition to his highly anticipated performance at the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship finals on Saturday, popular dancehall artiste Popcaan is also pledging $100,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the top two schools in the championships.
"I have been hearing a lot about the Digicel Grand Prix and everything they're doing for the young athletes and their schools, so I wanted to be a part of that," Popcaan said. "So, in addition to the other prizes, I will be giving the top male and female schools $50,000 each to continue the development of their track and field teams. I want to also encourage students to continue to pursue non-traditional career paths such as track and field and entertainment, especially with Jamaica's growing dominance in these fields worldwide."
Sponsorship manager of Digicel, Danielia McLean, welcomed the announcement and shared, "We're very excited to have Popcaan on board to close the 2016 Grand Prix series and celebrate the performance of our young athletes. The development of the schools' athletics programmes and Jamaica's track and field industry overall is something that we all have a part to play in, so Popcaan's contribution will also go a far way in helping us to achieve the main goal of this intiative."
The monthlong series will end with a grand finale this Saturday at the GC Foster Classics in St Catherine. The top-performing boys' and girls' schools will each receive $1m in cash from Digicel and the most improved boys' and girls' school will each receive $125,000 in cash from GraceKennedy Limited. Honey Bun Limited will also be providing $100,000 cash towards the Athlete Nutrition Programmes at each winning school.
The grand finale will feature exciting performances, a major surprise, plus a Party Stand. Tickets to the event will cost $500 for adults and $300 for children. Patrons can gain access to the Party Stand by purchasing a $300 flex card at the gate.