About Penn Relays 2014
Penn Relays is the oldest track and field competition in the United States and will be held from Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26.
About Team Jamaica Bickle
Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, based in New York, US. It was formed in 1994, under the leadership of Irwine G. Clare Sr, to provide much needed support for Jamaican athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania. Team Jamaica Bickle has supported athletes and athletic programs for the past 20 years. Its services have since been extended to athletes, coaches and volunteers from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, as well as the USA. In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays. As a result, the Jamaican flag became the first foreign nation’s flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received several proclamations and awards from numerous local and national entities.
Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) marks 20 years of service to Jamaican athletes at the Penn Relays this year— a milestone of which they are extremely proud. This has meant 20 years of a hospitality initiative, (1994-2014), benefiting contingents of athletes from across the Caribbean; one which saw its genesis in a desire to provide a “home-away-from-home,” atmosphere for Jamaican athletes. The effort started with the provision of meals and expanded overtime to include transportation, medical and chiropractic care, and the negotiation of favorable hotel rates, resulting in what is essentially a team hotel for the entire Caribbean contingent.
Twenty years later the program has grown from providing for dozens to hundreds of athletes. Additionally, the ‘Bickle’ umbrella now covers several other Caribbean nations and some US based Jamaican athletes who compete for various colleges.
TJB is also in expansion mode with plans currently in the works to have both a medical and dental center in the TJB village. The medical center will be named in honor of the life of Cavahn Mckenzie, the young St Jago athlete, who died in competition while representing his country in Trinidad & Tobago.
Sponsors of Team Jamaica Bickle
Sponsors for this year’s program are, founding partner, Caribbean Food Delights, Western Union, Grace Kennedy, Grace Kennedy Remittance Services, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Trans Continental Shipping, Dennis Shipping, Tower Isles, SuperWings, Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA), and Young Friends of Team Jamaica Bickle.
For more information, please call 718.523.2861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the organization is also available at www.teamjamaicabickle.org andwww.facebook.com/teamjamaicabickle.