A team of executives, volunteers and key community supporters from the not for profit organization, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) lent their support to the hundreds of athletes in competition at the annual ISSA/Grace Boys & Girls Championships, which took place at the National Stadium. The team cheered on the extraordinary talent from the stands that were on display over the five day meet.
“Our volunteers and supporters are extraordinary,” said Irwine Clare, Snr., CEO and Founder of the organization. “They have taken time from their businesses and work (and at their own expense) to make the trek, not only to show our support but because we are also fans of this fantastic sport. We are thrilled to serve our athletes and it pleases us greatly when they do well”, he continued. “We work very hard each year to ensure that they are comfortable when they are at the Penn Relays and will continue to do so. We thank the community for its support in making it all happen.”
Now in its 22nd year, TJB has been the mainstay of support for athletes every year at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, providing a plethora of services which include meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.
Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and consequently the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods, (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others who now participate or have participated in the three day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.
The team will host a reception to kick off its 2016 activities at the Jamaica Pegasus on Monday before returning to New York on Tuesday to continue its preparation for the Penn Relays.