Game of Life celebrates one year
The Game of Life Foundation celebrated its first anniversary last Thursday with a presentation of football gear and equipment to Jones Town Primary School, its sixth donation since the Shamal Thomas-led organisation started the project at his alma mater Lawrence Tavern Primary.
At the presentation were 2015 Rhodes Scholar and former national female youth player, Sherona Forrester, national assistant coach Miguel Coley, and former Jones Town student and Game of Life ambassador, Rafiek Bryan.
The foundation's other ambassadors Junior Flemmings and Allando Brown, along with UWI goalkeeper Amal Knight and some members of this season's Jamaica College winning Manning Cup team were on hand.
Forrester said similar ventures are needed to inspire the nation's children from less fortunate backgrounds.
"This is what we need to make Jamaica go forward; we need to invest in our youth. Just to see the look in their eyes, and see the hope and potential and the push this gives them in helping to steer them in the right direction," she said.
Thomas, the brainchild of the organisation, was proud.
"To reach this stage is overwhelming; we have been working hard and we just want to continue to build and continue to grow. We now want to start an educational programme in which we invite students from the schools we've made donations to, and get students from the university campus to tutor them," he said.
Jones Town Primary School principal, Felton Robinson, said the gesture came at the perfect time as the school's football team was greatly in need of gear and equipment.