The Power of Sports in Uniting Youth

The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) provided sponsorship/grant funding in the amount of ($700,000.00) to assist in the staging of the 8thCouncil of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Summer Games 2014 held July 5, 2014 at the UWI Mona Bowl.

Over1000 participants from 20 organizations representing 150 communities around Jamaica participated in the day’s event.  The annual Summer Games, the only one of its kind in Jamaica, provided the platform for both disabled and able-bodied youth (10-25 years) from at-risk communities to participate in various sporting events. Minister with Responsibility for Sports, The Honourable Natalie Neita Headley, in endorsing the event stated that “For many of these young people, this is their onlyopportunity for an organized activity over the summer months.” 

Community leaders have reported noticeable improvement in behaviour, general self esteem building and countering of tension in communities among participants in the games.The Summer Games featured participants from Majestic  Gardens, Trench Town, Allman Town, Parade Gardens, Fletcher ‘s Land, Federal Gardens, Tawes Pen just to name a few. The event also featured a "Chat Room,” to give participants an opportunity to interact with sports personalities in the areas of track & field, basketball, football and volleyball in an attempt to gain firsthand information on pursuing the career of their choice. 

The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) has been coordinating the Games since 2007 on behalf of voluntary community-based organizations that work with youths.  The Games are        

designed to unearth the talents of at-risk youth, help young people get in shape, develop a sense of teamwork, and allow participants to meet and share experiences with peers from around the island.  The Games are also held in the spirit of fellowship, to enjoy competition and understand the diverse skills and talents of the Jamaican youth.

The United Way of Jamaica would like to congratulate the Council of Voluntary Social Services for a job well done in the co-ordination and execution of the games. The event was a success and has left an indelible mark on the minds and hearts of the participants and sponsors.

Good Job CVSS!!