Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica – Successful first year
The Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica has had a successful first year with 20 young men receiving the necessary skills and training to enter the cricketing world and make a positive impact in their respective communities.
In celebration of this extraordinary achievement, the international West Indian cricketer, through his charity arm, The Chris Gayle Foundation will host the official graduation exercise and fundraising dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m.
The evening’s proceedings will also include a special auction of iconic memorabilia from past and present West Indian cricketers such as Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, Michael Holding, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle.
Gayle lauded the efforts of the participants in the programme as well as the management and technical teams for the pivotal role they have played in bringing to reality this vision of developing the sport of cricket in Jamaica at the youth level. He emphasized that, “it is an overwhelming feeling to see a passion and a vision that I hold very close to my heart come to life. I am extremely proud of the dedication of the young men who participated and the tenacity and hard work of the coaching and technical teams who supported them in making our first year a resounding success. This represents a new era for the development of cricket in Jamaica and I anticipate that as we enter our second year, we will be able to accept more persons into the programme and make an even stronger impact”.
Through the assistance of The Change Foundation, The Chris Gayle Academy Jamaica has been able to take a great leap in providing technical training for the youngsters in addition to personal development and interpersonal skills development.
However, Chris Gayle admits that more can be done with additional support. “I believe that with more support the talent of youngsters who may be challenged because of socio-economic factors but have a passion for playing cricket can be unearthed as they benefit from training programmes such as the one offered by the Academy. It is for that reason we have decided to host a graduation paired with a fundraising dinner and auction, where we hope to raise additional funds to pump into the programme.”
Chris Gayle is encouraging Jamaicans from all spheres of life to bat for this worthwhile cause and help him to transform the sport and assist many youngsters to learn the game of cricket as well as life skills.