The Grandson Of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Heads To The NFL (@Nico2Marley)

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Nico & Rohan Marley

Nico Marley (the grandson of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley) has been accepted into the NFL; America’s National Football League. Nico was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent after trying out for the team during its rookie minicamp over the weekend.

It is worth noting that his father, Rohan, was a linebacker at the University of Miami from 1992-1994.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson is seeking our votes for Female Athlete of the Year (@FastElaine)

Athletics - Women's 100m FinalJamaica’’s track star, Elaine Thompson – who dominated the women’’s 100 and 200 meters in Rio earlier this year – has been nominated for Female Athlete of the year by the IAAF World Athletics Club. In order to win the coveted title she needs all our votes before 5pm on November 1st.

Persons may vote on Facebook by clicking HERE and then liking the post about Elaine or on Twitter by clicking HERE and retweeting the post about her.

Prime Minister Visits Athletes in Rio

Jamaican Athletes in RioPrime Minister Andrew Holness today left the island for Brazil in support of Jamaica’s athletes participating in the Rio Olympics.

The Prime Minister who will be in Rio until August 16, said it is important that he brings the good wishes of the nation directly to the athletes.

While Prime Minster Holness is off the island, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Derrick Smith will be in charge of the government.

Dwyane Wade of The Miami Heat and Friends Celebrate the Birthday of Dwyane Wade Sr. (@DwyaneWade)

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Dwayne Wade Jr. & Sr.

The ProPops Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Fundraiser, held in conjunction with Founder Dwyane Wade Sr.’s birthday, will take place on March 16th, 2016 from 7pm-11pm, at Private Key in Miami.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served; DJ Epps will be spinning all night and guest musical performances will begin at 8pm. Guests will win SURPRISE raffle give-aways and bid on silent auction prizes to benefit ProPops’ invaluable programs. Dress is cocktail/semi-formal.

WHO: ProPops Foundation, Inc.’s 10th Anniversary
and Founder Dwyane Wade Sr.’s birthday

WHAT: ProPops’ mission remains strong and constant, “bringing fathers back to the forefront of the family structure.” ProPops’ programs are recognized and utilized as a part of the educational curriculum in several major US cities. In addition to offering school supplies and meals to single-parent households, organizing Clean Water Campaigns and Camp RED (Real Education Delivered) for children, setting up Job Fairs and Family Unity Activities, as well as Town Hall meetings for parents, ProPops Foundation is active in their mission to strengthen families.

This fundraising event will provide resources to implement these key programs, including their ever-anticipated Annual Father’s Day Weekend. It is with the support of friends, family, volunteers, donors and sponsors like you, that they are able to continue to assist and encourage the hundreds of families and children in underserved communities, who depend on ProPops.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 7pm-11pm

WHERE: Private Key 567 NW 27th Street // Miami FL 33127

OTHER: TICKETS:
https://propops10thanniversaryfundraiser.eventbrite.com

Jamaica Set 4 x 200m Indoor National Record In NYC

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Champion 4 x 200m Jamaican Team: L-R: Coach Dalton Evans, Rushane Scott, Rayon Lawrence, Kevin Thompson and Romel Lewis display their medals after setting a national record at the Armory Track & Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the world famous Jamaican sprinters were not available to compete at the Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, as we say, “Jamaica no problem.”

Four very talented Jamaican born sprinters, who reside in the United States (USA), answered the call, rose to the occasion and carried the black, green and gold proudly by setting a National Record in the 4 X 200m contest with the time of 1 minute and 25.69 seconds. In an atmosphere similar to Penn Relays, a vast crowd celebrated as Jamaica won ahead of USA (2nd), Dominican Republic (DR, 3rd), Guyana (4th), Trinidad & Tobago (5th), and France (6th).

The eclectic Jamaican team is comprised of all college graduates, including, Romel Lewis from Maryland (starter); Kevin Thompson of New Jersey (2nd leg); Rayon Lawrence of Maryland (3rf leg); and Rushane Scott from Las Vegas (anchor). They met just two days prior, practiced less than one day and ran as a team for the first time. Regardless, their baton change was flawlessly executed.

Coach Evans is a former athlete of Jamaica and University of Arkansas, a member of Team Jamaica Bickle and recipient of numerous awards in New York including one from the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA). He has traveled worldwide as one of Jamaica’s national coaches and New York liaison for JAAA.

The 2nd Annual Cricket Legends Weekend Kicks Off On March 6th

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Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica)

On Sunday March 6th, 2016, the highly anticipated Annual Cricket Legends Weekend will take place at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. The Exhibition Cricket Match will feature such Legends as “The Great” Barry Richards (South Africa), Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica), Joel Gardner (Barbados), Augustine Logie (Trinidad), Faoud Bacchus, Lance Gibbs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana), Desmond Haynes, Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran with many more legendary cricketers to be announced.

Since 2011 the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Cricket Foundation’s,  “Mission of the Heart” have been extending a helping hand to W.I Legends across the Caribbean. Also through their “Look Good Do Good” program the foundation has been educating the youths and community about the Caribbean Culture, through the sport of Cricket, creative expression, as well as providing tutoring for children 7-14 years of age.

The foundation has traveled throughout the Caribbean, North America and England educating the youths of tomorrow and teaching the dynamics and makeup of the sport of Cricket.

The exhibition cricket match will feature two games, Game 1 from 10AM to 2PM, and Game 2 from3PM to 7PM. The event will also have a kids zone, batting cage and much more for a family day of fun. Please visit www.LawrenceRowe.org

TEAM JAMAICA BICKLE HOST ‘GAME NIGHT’ IN QUEENS

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Irwine Clare

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.

PUMA ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH JAMAICAN TRACK STAR ASAFA POWELL (@officialasafa @PUMA)

00-asafaOn September 30th PUMA announced a new endorsement deal with Jamaican sprinter, Asafa Powell. The former 100m world record holder who holds the record for the most sub 10 second 100m sprints having dipped below that mark 93 times, joins the Global Sports Brand’s growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. In addition to World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt, this roster has recently been bolstered by key additions including NCAA 100m Champion Jenna Prandini, Australian sprint hurdler Michelle Jenneke and French 800m runner Pierra-Ambroise Bosse.

Asafa Powell will become an important ambassador for the PUMA brand in an Olympic year and beyond. He will feature in both global marketing activations promoting Running Training product lines and brand campaigns in the lead up to to the 2016 Olympics. This partnership will also see PUMA working with Powell to design a ‘Sub-10 King’ line of sportswear and spikes.

Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Asafa Powell said, “PUMA has played a huge role in Jamaican Track & Field throughout my career – supporting the high school programme that fosters young athletes, partnering with the JAAA and JOA and elite athletes such as Usain. It’s a brand I’ve been very familiar with throughout my career and their longstanding commitment to Jamaican athletics is key as we continue to build and work to maintain our recent successes. They understand Jamaican culture, history, people and also the sport that this country loves, and I am very happy to be working with them.”

Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s Head of Sports Marketing for Running commented, “Having Asafa as part of our team here at PUMA is great news for us. He has played such an important role in Jamaican track and field for more than a decade, demonstrating a consistently high level of performance throughout his sprinting career which is a great testament to a great man. He inspires those around him, is an excellent role model and will bring great value to PUMA in the years ahead.”

Asafa Powell has run the most sub 10 second 100M sprints in the history of track and field. The Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medalist has dipped below the 10-second mark 94 times and was the first Jamaican to win the IAAF Sportsman of the Year. Powell, who clocked the first sub 10 second time of the 2015 track season, was the first Jamaican to ever hold the world record for the 100m dash, with times of 9.77 and 9.74.

Daniel Sturridge Returns To Jamaica to host Football Tournament and Reggae Concert (@D_Sturridge)

00-DanielGoal-Scoring Liverpool Striker, Daniel Sturridge returns to Jamaica to host 3rd Annual Charity Family Fun Day, Football Tournament and Reggae Concert with his family foundation and record label, The Sturridge Foundation and Sturr Class Entertainment on Saturday, June 20.  It will take place at the Tinsel Pen Football Field in Greenwich Town, Kingston 13.  The first game begins at 9am sharp and it is free!

The Sturridge Family Fun Day will be accompanied with 5 A Side Football Tournaments for ages 13, 15, 18.  All applications forms must be in by June 17th.  Call Dionne at 395-3722 or Petal at 421-3540 to enter football tournaments.  There will be lots of prizes and surprises on the day.  A football scholarship will also be given away to a talented and skillful young player.

A Reggae Concert is being organized during the day and night featuring Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Popcaan, Spice, Busy Signal, I Octane, Ishawna, Chi Chi Ching, Vershon, Jah Son, Hot Brain, Save The World, and many other artists.  DJ Pepsi of Sturr Class Entertainment, Flava Unit Sound, Di Unit Entertainment, Boom Boom, Foota Hype, and the Ruff Cut Band will provide music. Ity, Fancy Cat, and Badda Bling from Di Unit Entertainment will host it.

There will be treats for the youth, bounce about castles, lots of great desserts like ice-cream, sweets, cotton candy, big popcorn machines, toys and so much more.  The Sturridge Foundation has staged two successful family day’s in Kingston, Jamaica, which have given thousands of youngsters and their families the chance to enjoy a great day out, live music and some competitive (and not so competitive!) football, netball and basketball.

GRACE RENEWS SUPPORT TO JAMAICAN ATHLETES ATTENDING PENN RELAYS 2015 (@gracefoods)

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Grace Ambassador Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, the fastest woman in the world, signing autographs and meeting fans at Penn Relays 2013 in Philadelphia, PA

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.