With plans to support high school athletes from Jamaica at the 2016 Penn Relay Carnival in Philly in fully gear, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently hosted the inaugural “Game Night” at B&R Spice Restaurant, in St Albans, Queens, NY.
Games Night was a social bonanza; an exciting time among friends as they challenge each other in friendly competition of dominoes, ludi, spades and bingo all in an effort to raise funds for TJB. Proceeds are to aid the organization’s 2016 hospitality program at the Penn Relays.
According to TJB founder Irwine Clare, fundraisers are vital to the organization’s ability to meet the growing demands of the program as more schools seek greater assistance and against the background of scarce sponsorship dollars. Over the past two decades, TJB has hosted athletes from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries at the Penn Relays, providing meals, transportation, accommodation and chiropractic care.
In 1999, TJB 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.