Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Author­ity Sup­ports School Sports

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

The Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Author­ity of Saint Lucia was pleased to an­nounce on Jan­uary 30th that it would be con­tribut­ing to the an­nual school sports pro­gramme.

Speak­ing at the event held at the Fi­nan­cial Ad­min­stra­tive Cen­tre, Pointe Seraphine, the Chair­man of the Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Author­ity, Mr. Ben­son Emile, stated, “In this ges­ture we will be pro­vid­ing to 104 schools in to­tal, which in­cludes both pri­vate and pub­lic schools, not for­get­ting the chil­dren with spe­cial needs, who will have their own pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Ben­son con­tin­ued: “De­vel­op­ing our youth and sports re­quires a strat­egy; it re­quires a plan to im­ple­ment this strat­egy; it re­quires re­sources to ex­e­cute that plan; it re­quires con­stant mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­at­ing of that plan’s ex­e­cu­tion. It also re­quires a crit­i­cal as­sess­ment of the strat­egy from time to time.”

The Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Author­ity will do­nate $1,000 to each sec­ondary school and $500 to each pri­mary school in or­der to fund school sports ac­tiv­i­ties for the aca­demic year of 2017.

Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet was present at the NLA pre­sen­ta­tion where he shared his thoughts on crime, and its ef­fects on all sec­tions of Saint Lu­cian so­ci­ety.

“When you do your re­search it’ll point to one thing when it comes to gangs: a fail­ure of fam­ily,” the prime min­is­ter said.

“What does that have to do with sports?” he en­quired. An­swer­ing his own ques­tion: “The Min­is­ter of Sports and I truly be­lieve what is miss­ing is more de­vel­oped sports in this coun­try. Putting money into sports is not a cost, it’s not a po­lit­i­cal favour; it’s an in­vest­ment in our coun­try. Both the min­is­ter and my­self come from sport­ing back­grounds and one thing I know about sports is that it teaches team­work. It teaches com­pe­ti­tion and not just the abil­ity to learn how to win but how to lose.”

Min­is­ter for Youth Devel­op­ment and Sports Ed­mund Estephane, who also at­tended the event, thanked the NLA and other stake­hold­ers for their val­ued con­tri­bu­tions to youth and sports.

Left to right: Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Mr Gil­roy Hall, Act­ing Deputy from Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Ms Michelle Charles, Min­is­ter of Youth Devel­op­ment and Sports Hon. Ed­mund Estephane, Chair­man of NLA Ben­son Emile and Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet.

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