Fa­ther wel­comes idea of Do­minic James foun­da­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

DAVID JAMES, the fa­ther of late St Ge­orge’s Col­lege Man­ning Cup foot­baller and cap­tain, Do­minic James, says he is open to the idea of start­ing a foun­da­tion or schol­ar­ship fund in his son’s name. But al­though he has heard talks on the out­side of putting to­gether a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion to hon­our his son’s mem­ory, James says he is yet to be ap­proached by any­one.

How­ever, he re­vealed that he and his wife, Denise, had long-stand­ing plans to launch an or­gan­i­sa­tion like that prior to his pass­ing, and his un­timely death has only urged them to get such an or­gan­i­sa­tion in his name established and off the ground.

“We were look­ing ahead to when Do­minic would have gone on to univer­sity. Denise and I thought about it and what we could do for young boys, who were just less for­tu­nate. Hav­ing worked with him in sit­u­a­tions (with less for­tu­nate team­mates) and him hav­ing rep­re­sented so many clubs, we saw the need to as­sist with some of these young boys.

“Some­times you had boys com­ing to train­ing not well pre­pared in their bel­lies, go­ing home and not know­ing what they will have, so we felt that if we could do some­thing to help them, then it would be good, and this is a chance to do just that.”


The se­nior James told The Gleaner that he has heard the mat­ter men­tioned un­of­fi­cially in some quar­ters, but he has not been con­tacted about get­ting such a project off the ground, but it is some­thing that he would greatly wel­come from any in­ter­ested party.

“We have thought about it, and we hear talks about some­thing be­ing set up in his name, so any­one con­tem­plat­ing the idea, we hope that we can work to­gether with them to get some­thing set up in his name,” the griev­ing fa­ther com­mented.

How­ever, he would love get the project up and run­ning be­fore the year ends, when the schoolboy foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion is still in progress, as he thinks it’s sig­nif­i­cance will be greater served and its im­pact will be more far-reach­ing and more ef­fec­tive.

Do­minic James passed away on Septem­ber 20 af­ter he col­lapsed on field dur­ing a Man­ning Cup match be­tween St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and Excelsior at Sta­dium East, leav­ing the en­tire lo­cal foot­ball fra­ter­nity in mourn­ing.

How­ever, with all the out­pour­ing of love and af­fec­tion for the prodi­gious mid­fielder, pop­u­larly called ‘Delly’, David James is hop­ing that with some as­sis­tance, he would es­tab­lish some­thing in last­ing mem­ory of the in­spi­ra­tional player.

Mean­while, the fu­neral ser­vice for James will be held next Satur­day at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral.

David James


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