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An estimated 1500 participants from 20 affiliate agencies are down to compete at the 12th annual Council of Voluntary Social Services Summer [CVSS] Games set for July 7 at the University of the West Indies Mona Bowl in Jamaica.

Teams will compete in netball, track and field and basketball during the competition designed to bring youth agencies together in friendly competition. The football competition will be held on June 23.

During the launch of the 2018 edition of the games at the GraceKennedy Headquarters on Harbour Street in Kingston on Wednesday, title sponsors National Baking Company Foundation handed over a cheque for US$8000 to the organizers.

The Usain Bolt Foundation matched that donation, doubling their contribution from last year.

The Summer Games began on the grounds of the Mico Teacher’s College on May 1, 1982, as the premier activity of the CVSS Youth Sector. It was discontinued in 1988 but revived in 2007.

Norman Peart of the Usain Bolt Foundation presenting a cheque for J$1 million to Saffrey Brown, Chairperson of the CVSS (left) and Winsome Wilkins CVSS CEO at the launch of the 2018 Summer Games
Norman Peart of the Usain Bolt Foundation presenting a cheque for J$1 million to Saffrey Brown, Chairperson of the CVSS (left) and Winsome Wilkins CVSS CEO at the launch of the 2018 Summer Games
Since then it has grown. Fifteen teams contested the games in 2017.

That number has grown to 20 this year and include the Boys Brigade, Girls’ Brigade, Cornerstone Ministries, Girls Guide Association, Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation, IM Voluntourism, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Joy Town Community Development Foundation, Mt. Olivet Boys’ Home, Professional Development Institute (Girls’ Town), Scouts Association of Jamaica, Spring Village Development Foundation, St. Andrew Settlement, Sunshine Child’s Care Place of Safety, Unity for Peace, Young Men’s Christian Association and the Young Women’s Christian Association.

More than 30 sponsors have also come onboard the long-running initiative that is key underpinning of the CVSS mandate “which in part, if to provide an avenue for the development of young talented children through creative initiatives that will not only enhance their athletic skills but assist with leadership skills and their holistic development,” according to Tanketa Chance-Wilson, CVSS’s Youth Sector chairperson.

Middle distance runner Barrington Campbell is a success story from these games.

Mitchell, now 20, competed for Mount Olivet in 2017 and has since transitioned to the world-famous Racers Track Club pursuing a dream to become a professional athlete.

Source: Leighton Levy|| SportsMax

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