GB School Teams Given Volleyball Jerseys

Freeport Restaurant Company Ltd. donated team jerseys to four volleyball teams at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday, February 6, 2017.

The presentation was made for the senior boys and girls of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, Eight Mile Rock High girls, and Jack Hayward High boys. These teams were the winners of the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association Championships in December.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville noted that “Grand Bahama is a leader when it comes to developing and producing the most skilled and talented individuals in the area of sports.” He gave examples of Demetrius Pinder and Michael Matthieu for Track and Field, and Jonquel Jones and Buddy Hield in the area of basketball as examples.

He said he was pleased that Freeport Restaurant Company was donating the shirts to the schools and added, “Donations such as this go a long way. They help to ease the financial burden on the school and parents, thus allowing the focus to remain on the athletes’ training. Being properly outfitted and knowing that they have the support of the local community also serves as a boost to the team’s morale and performance.”

Minister Darville added, “Therefore, on behalf of the government and the staff here at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, I wish to say a very special thank you to Freeport Restaurant Company for the support over the years, and their future development of young athletes here on the island of Grand Bahama.”

Minister Darville called on corporate Grand Bahama to also join Freeport Restaurants and adopt some of the schools as it relates to sports development and sports programmes.

To young athletes, the Minister gave this advice. “We encourage you to work hard, the sky is the limit; and become dedicated and persistent and you will eventually achieve your goals and be able to be productive citizens.”

Carla Wildgoose, assistant marketing manager at Freeport Restaurant Company Ltd. representing Pizza Hut, said the company believes in investing in the youth, and thanked the Minister as well as Norris Bain, former Sports Administrator at the Ministry of Education, for the opportunity.

Norris Bain, former Principal of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, also thanked the sponsors and would like to also encourage corporate Grand Bahama to sponsor teams as “sport provides such a wonderful outlet for our young people.”

Also present for the donation were representatives of Tabernacle and Jack Hayward schools.

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