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PRESS RELEASE – More than 120 kids from the western end of St. Lucia participated in a festival of games and fun activities in celebration of international peace and sports for development at the weekend.
The Sacred Sports Foundation joined forces with the Sandals Foundation and the Canaries Grassroots Programme to host youth from the nearby communities of Soufriere, Roseau Valley and Fond St. Jacques. Digicel also provided support through use of its tents.
“This was an exciting event and is the continuation of work that has seen us operating in several communities over the past year,” said Delroy Alexander, Chairman of Sacred Sports Foundation. “Sandals Foundation and its representative Dominic Fedee must be commended for the continued commitment to working in underserved communities like this one.”
The activities saw kids between the ages of six to 14 enjoying a range of sports for development games. Which were organized by 10 unemployed youth mentors that form part of the Sacred Sports Kids for the Future Programme.
As part of the Saturday, May 24 day of activities, Sacred Sports Foundation presented youth kit to each group, which is actively working in local communities. The kit is part of a donation received recently from UK partners Saga Travel and KitAid. As a result of the donation, Sacred Sports currently has a drive on to find the most needy local communities to provide sports shirts and alike.
The day began early at 7.45 a.m. with a field clean-up by young Canaries participants. It was followed by warm-up exercises, fun games aimed at developing social skills as well as sporting attributes and rounded off with friendly small sided games.
“We continue to work in a number of communities address a range of issues from child rights to health and appropriate lifestyle activities,” said Alexander. “Since the floods we have paid special attention to the west and we are happy to see a healthy enjoyment and approach to community development.”
Sacred Sports Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation that use physical activity and sport to assist with a range of social and development goals. Last June the Foundation hosted the Sport in Black & White Conference & Youth Forum and is in the process of preparing for its next gathering.
The foundation was founded by the family of former St. Lucia national player and UK professional football manager Keith Alexander prior to his untimely passing in 2010. The foundation continues to be guided by his siblings Nova and Delroy Alexander, who reside in St. Lucia.