[Kingston, Jamaica] – Pleasure was within the air because the GraceKennedy (GK) crew joined the Inter-Secondary Faculties Sports activities Affiliation (ISSA) and different stakeholders at this morning’s launch of the 2022 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Ladies’ Championships (Champs) on the Nationwide Stadium in Kingston. The launch, which was dwell broadcasted on tv and streamed on-line by TVJ, kicked this 12 months’s Champs programme into excessive gear for the GK crew. They got here decked out of their brilliant crimson GK100 shirts, as their celebration of the Group’s one hundredth anniversary continues.
GK 100 Metre Award
Addressing the viewers on the launch Group CEO Don Wehby expressed that he was thrilled to see the return of spectators to Champs this 12 months. Throughout his remarks Mr Wehby introduced that in celebration of their one hundredth anniversary this 12 months, GK shall be giving out an additional particular award at Champs. The GK100 metre Award. “The winner of every class of the 100m finals – seven winners in all – will obtain an academic grant valued at J$100,000. We may also award every winners’ faculty a J$100,000 grant. Particularly, to put money into school-upliftment mission, which is to be chosen by their Champs crew. Equally, the profitable groups for the 4x100m – seven courses complete. Their faculty may also obtain a J$100,000 grant,” he defined.
2022 Particular Occasions
CEO of the GK Monetary Group and President & CEO of the GraceKennedy Cash Companies (GKMS) Group, Grace Burnett, CEO of GK Meals – Home, Frank James, and President & CEO of First International Financial institution (FGB), Mariame McIntosh Robinson, who’re affiliate sponsors of Champs, additionally delivered remarks on the launch, highlighting the actions their GK subsidiaries have deliberate for its 2022 staging.
These embody the GKMS Champs Recreation Present which shall be streamed throughout all GKMS social media platforms. The Transfer Like A Champ Treasure Hunt and Transfer Like A Champ College Spirit Promotion from Grace Meals. The latter of which can reward 175 fortunate college students from Champs taking part colleges tablets and dietary assist for his or her colleges. Because of FGB in 2022 Champs may also be ‘cashless’. Patrons will be capable to use an digital cost portal powered by FGB to buy tickets for the occasion on-line.
“In your mark, get set, pay! along with your FGB bank cards and unlock double rewards factors,” exclaimed FGB President & CEO Mariame Robinson on the launch.
GK Sponsorship Funding
In 2022, GK’s sponsorship of Boys’ and Ladies’ Champs, totals over J$88 million defined Wehby. “We see this as a significant funding in nation-building which underlies GK’s long-term dedication to Jamaica. It’s an funding in our youth, our colleges, sports activities growth, and our nation,” he continued.
Launch of Medical Panel
Wehby additionally used the platform of the launch to advocate for an impartial medical panel for scholar athletes with accidents. Stating that finally, the protection and well-being of Champs athletes ought to all the time be of paramount significance. Echoing the feelings of ISSA’s President, Keith Wellington, Wehby additionally underscored the significance of continuous to keep up the COVID-19 protocols at Champs this 12 months, within the curiosity of the protection of all concerned. “We should proceed to stay vigilant in our efforts maintain the virus at bay, as we work collectively to beat this devastating illness as soon as and for all,” he mentioned.
Wehby recommended ISSA for having the imaginative and prescient, willpower, and drive to guide Champs 12 months after 12 months. “Thanks for all that you just do to make this occasion a hit. To say that I’m excited to be celebrating GK100 at Champs this 12 months with you all, could be an understatement. I’m really ecstatic”.
2022 Champs Staging
The 2022 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Ladies’ Championships will happen between April 5 – 9. It is going to be held on the Nationwide Stadium in Kingston. This 12 months, for the primary time because the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica in 2020, spectators will return to Champs. Champs has been heralded by many as probably the greatest observe and area occasions for secondary faculty college students on the earth.
2022 can be a big 12 months for GraceKennedy because the Group marks its one hundredth anniversary.