Each year since 2007, The Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) hosts its Annual Summer Games for many children and young adults from across Jamaica. The games are unique as they involve both able-bodied and disabled young people (ages 10-25 years) competing together.
The games focus on youth from over 20 at-risk inner-city communities like: Magestic Garden, Trench Town, Almond Town, Parade Garden etc. They are designed for individuals who often do not get a chance to compete in various sporting events, to unearth the talents of at-risk youth, help young people get in shape, develop a sense of team work, and meet and share experiences with peers from around the island.
These games are held in the spirit of fellowship, to enjoy competition and understand the diverse skills and talents of the Jamaican youth.
Last year we took ‘our’ children to a trip to visit the games as spectators, but this year we enrolled Team HELP Jamaica! to compete with the other children and youths on July 5, 2014 at Mona Bowl on the U.W.I Campus in Kingston. An overall number of 1300 participants on behalf of Voluntary Community based organizations that work with youth competed in various events. For many of these young people this is their only opportunity for an organized activity for the summer months. This year Help Jamaica! for the first time had 36 participants gaining 81 medals with a second place all over for the athletic event.
We were successful in the following categories:
Egg and Spoon Races – 2 Winners
Sack Race - 3 Winners
100 Meters – all events by age categories
200 Meters – Winners in All categories
400 Meters – First Place Boys
400 Meters – Second Place Girls
4 x 100 Winners in All categories – Boys and Girls
4 x 400 Relays – Boys – Winners
4 x 400 Relays – Girls – 2 Place
Netball Under 16 – Second Place
Congrats to our successful athletes!
The day after the event our team served pizza, chicken and drinks that all the children shared together in appreciation for the athletes efforts.
The majority of the children who ran, did so without spikes, sneakers or shoes and would appreciate donations of inkind or funds to purchase same for the future. We definately going to be back with Team HELP Jamaica! to compete in next years games again.
Impressions of CVSS Summer Games 2014