STAR of the Month: Ding Dong praises schoolboy sports competitions
STAR of the Month Ding Dong says he has a lot of respect for local schoolboy sports competitions as they have helped countless of young boys through some rough days in high school.
The entertainer told THE STAR that during his days as a student at Donald Quarrie High, he was grateful for
the opportunity to be part of the
institution's Manning Cup team, stating that he and other boys were often assisted with well-needed back-to-school supplies and daily lunches.
"When you play Manning Cup and dem thing deh, you get certain privilege from the school, like all free lunch and dem thing deh," he said.
"More while a we used to take care a di school like help wid the painting, and a so we get help wid all back-to-school things and dem thing deh. It was very beneficial as a youth fi play soccer fi di school."
He also revealed that based on the amount of time spent at the institution in and out of the football season, the team became a family to him.
"We usually live a di school. Most a di time a di school we camp even when a off season. When we a finish school some a we a fret like weh we a come outta school come do because the team became like a family," he said. "Manning Cup helped me through a whole heap a things, and me know a it still a benefit a whole heap a yute today. A nuff youth can go a school through Manning Cup and athletics, so me will always have respect fi dem competition deh," he said.
Ding Dong also encouraged corporate Jamaica, as well as stakeholders at these secondary institutions, to continue with the various sports programmes for as long as they can. He pointed out that not only do these competitions help to launch the careers of many youth, but they also offer much-needed assistance to students who have financial difficulties.