|A Jamaican athlete greets fans at last year's Penn Relays after his team whipped the U.S. side. (Hayden Roger Celestin File Image)|
The cocktail kick-off reception is set for the Consulate of Jamaica, New York, 767 3rd Ave, from 6 p.m. TJB is headed by Irwine Clare, head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services and run by a team of mainly Jamaican-born volunteers.
Sinclair, 26, is a silver medalist at both the just-concluded Commonwealth Games and the 11th IAAF World Indoor. In March 2006, Sinclair took the silver in the 800-metres in a new national record, 1 minute 58.90 seconds, trailing Mozambique Maria Mutola, who notched up a record seventh World Indoor title.
Harris was part of the team that included captain Dudley Stokes, Private Micheal White and Chris Stokes, the brother of Dudley. He last competed in the Nagano Games of 1998. The former bobsledder is now a celebrated motivational speaker and recently authored and released an inspirational children’s book titled, “Yes, I Can.”
The book chronicles the experiences of the original bobsledders, who, with a strong belief in themselves and each other as well as a ‘can do’ attitude, became the first to represent their island nation in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.
Meanwhile, TJB organizers will present a special award Raymond Goulbourne, executive vice president for Broadcast Sales, BET. Goulbourne has been with BET since January 1992. Prior to his promotion to EVP, he served as senior vice president and vice president of Eastern Region Sales.
Goulbourne is also the first vice chairman of the Upliftment Foundation, a charity that helps underprivileged communities in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica.
The New York launch comes on the heels of the Philadelphia kick-off, held on April 11th at the International House of Philadelphia. TJB’s Phili organizers honored Dr. Walter Lomax, founder and chairman of The Lomax Companies as well as the Lomax Heath Systems, with their International Community Service Award.
TJB was formed in 1995 after the mainly Jamaican group of organizers noticed that athletes from their island were missing the meals they know at home and it was affecting their performance. Over the years, the team has seen the rise of top international athletes like Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell, all of whom were ‘fed’ by TJB.
Major sponsors for this year’s Team Jamaica Bickle include: Caribbean Foods Delight, Jerk Qzine, Western Union, VMBS, Grace Foods, UJAA, Trans Continental, O.J. Plumbing, Air Jamaica & The Door Restaurant. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 718-523-2861.
The 112th Penn Relay Carnival will take place April 27-29, 2006 at Ben Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-888-PENN-TIX.