IN continuing support for the only English-speaking tertiary sports institution in the Caribbean, Team Jamaica Bickle has handed over a US$8,000 (J$701,000) cheque to the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports for scholarship support.
CEO of Team Jamaica Bickle Irwine Clare Sr said his organisation has provided in excess of US$150,000 (J$13.1m) to GC Foster College since 2001.
Some of the athletes receiving scholarships include World University Games 200m Rasheed Dwyer, and from last year Samantha Curtis, Shane Dodd and Casrick Wright.
"We have been consistent. GC Foster is the only college of its kind in this section of the world, providing the calibre of professionals for our athletes' development. Talent is important but the managing and honing of that talent is also important," Clare explained.
GC Foster, he added, had had a good track record with its meagre resources and their student athletes had become a major part of sports development.
"Our athletes are ambassadors and the scholarships allow them the opportunity to become global citizens," Clare added.
GC Foster College principal Edward Shakes said four students would be beneficiaries of scholarships this semester, noting that most undergraduates of the institution are from "humble beginnings".
"They have provided tremendous assistance because most of our students are unable to pay their tuition," Shakes pointed out.
GC Foster's athletic director Ventley Brown noted that "Bickle has been providing us with scholarships support since 2001. They had pledged US$50,000 which they are giving annually. Earlier this year we received US$7000 and just Thursday we received US$8000. Team Jamaica has also said they would be with us for the next 10 years."
He stated that the relationship between GC Foster College and Team Jamaica Bickle was more than a partnership, it had become family.
"Through this we have managed to provide tuition grants for many of our prominent athletes and for that we say thank you to the Irwine Clare-led group. Behind all this financial sponsorship we say thank you to Patsy Saunders and all the volunteers for providing free meals throughout the period of the Penn Relays and also for being the parents of some many children for the four days," Brown stressed.