For Jamaicans who live overseas, Grace Foods is a symbol of authentic and uncompromisingly delicious Jamaican foods, and this year Grace will again throw its support behind the prestigious Penn Relays, with a number of initiatives directed at benefiting both athletes and spectators, who are expected to descend on the April 23-25 meet.
Now in its 121st year, the Penn Relays, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, has long been a prominent exhibition for Jamaican high-school teams against a rich backdrop of Jamaican supporters. The company’s involvement at Penn Relays is part of a larger commitment that Grace Foods has undertaken to foster and promote the development of Jamaica’s track and field program. Only a few weeks ago, Grace Kennedy was again the lead sponsor of the ISSA Boys & Girls Championship, familiarly called ‘Champs’, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica that saw the shattering of the national junior 400 meters record, blazed by KC’s Akeen Bloomfield in 44.93 seconds and several other high school records.
Grace Kennedy has been involved with Champs since 2007 as title sponsors of the event. With sponsorship assistance from Grace, Jamaican rising track & field stars have managed to maintain their dominance on the world stage, always bringing much glory to the black, gold and green. The company’s support of Jamaican athletes will continue in Pennsylvania this year with Grace Foods providing food and beverages through its sponsorship of Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) which will host hundreds of Caribbean high school athletes along with Caribbean Food Delights.
TJB has been a shining example of what the spirit of engagement can yield. The organization dons its `host-cap’ to welcome athletes, coaches and volunteers from Jamaica and across the region, namely; Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, team Bahamas and a growing list of high school alumni athletes, who now compete for various US colleges to the ‘Bickle’ camp and as part of the Caribbean family at Penn. They have hosted athletes from Barbados, US Virgin Islands, and Guyana in past years and continue to embrace the requests as they come in.
Dave Johnson, The Frank Dolson Director of Penn Relays, says patrons attending this year’s Penn Relays Carnival can expect three exciting days of top-flight competition on the track.
As is customary, Grace will sponsor eight championship events including the High School Girls’ 4×100, 4×400 & 4×800 Championship of America races on Friday, April 24 and the High School Boys 400m Hurdles Championship; High School Boys’ 4×100, 4×400 & 4×800 Championship of America and the College Men’s 4×200 Championship of America races on Saturday, April 25.