Minister Grange Lauds the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, the Honourable Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has applauded the work being done by the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association (JASA) and expressed confidence that softball can be developed in Jamaica.
In an address delivered by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alison McLean, at the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Primary Schools' League on Friday, Minister Grange said, "As Minister of Sport, I am especially elated at the launch of a softball competition. For us at the Ministry, every sport played in this country is very important given the powerful role of sport in the social and economic welfare of our people for more than a century."
The Minister also said she was very pleased with the progress that JASA has made within the last two years and acknowledged the work being done at the high school level. She noted that there are a number of international scholarship opportunities available to students and that being exposed to softball can be beneficial.
"If we are going to be serious about establishing the game in the psyche of Jamaicans then we must constantly look at empowering our own people in the areas of coaching, umpiring and administration. The GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport the only institution of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean is a key partner in this drive to entrench softball in our schools," Minister Grange added.
Twenty two primary schools will be participating in this year's competition. There are currently four softball clubs in Jamaica and with an increased popularity of softball in schools, a greater level of competition and heightened school spirit will be developed among students.