San­dals Game Changer Pro­gramme forges new Part­ner­ship to ben­e­fit Youth

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Stu­dents and youth are set to ben­e­fit from the San­dals Foun­da­tion’s Game Changer Pro­gramme this sum­mer as the pro­gramme forges an­other valu­able part­ner­ship. Cana­dian-based com­pany, PTX Per­for­mance Prod­ucts Inc, a leader in de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing, mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of branded ac­tion sports equip­ment for mass re­tail­ers world­wide has do­nated over 11,000 pairs of its in­no­va­tive Sta­ble 26 bas­ket­ball socks val­ued at USD $311,000 to boost the Game Changer ini­tia­tive.

The Game Changer Pro­gramme, which is ac­tive in the is­lands of Ja­maica, Saint Lu­cia, Gre­nada, Bar­ba­dos and Turks & Caicos, fo­cuses on en­gag­ing youth through their love for sports to im­pact pos­i­tive change. The pro­gramme has sup­ported and in­tro­duced bas­ket­ball, soc­cer and, most re­cently, Amer­i­can foot­ball to youth within the Caribbean is­lands through part­ner­ships with sports celebri­ties and pro­fes­sion­als such as Dwyane Wade, NBA All-Star; Dwayne De Rosario (DeRo), Cana­dian foot­baller, and Dar­relle Re­vis, NFL cor­ner­back. In ad­di­tion to par­tic­i­pants hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to learn the sport from pro­fes­sion­als, the pro­gramme fo­cuses on men­tor­ships and in­cul­cat­ing some most-needed life skills such as eti­quette and public speak­ing.

The most re­cent do­na­tion of the Sta­ble 26 bas­ket­ball socks to the pro­gramme will en­able youth in the is­lands of Ja­maica, Saint Lu­cia, Gre­nada, Bar­ba­dos and Turks & Caicos to be equipped in the gear worn by the bas­ket­ball pros. The socks fea­ture me­dial and lateal sil­i­cone pads to elim­i­nate neg­a­tive space around the heel resulting in a bet­ter fit, bet­ter com­fort, and bet­ter per­for­mance. The in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy locks the heel in place, en­hanc­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween the foot and the footwear, thus op­ti­miz­ing the body’s sta­bil­ity. Th­ese socks pro­vide multi-di­rec­tion sta­bil­ity and tar­geted cush­ion­ing to max­i­mize court per­for­mance.

Adam Lan­den, Ac­count Man­ager of PTX Per­for­mance Prod­ucts Inc, com­mented on why sup­port­ing the San­dals Foun­da­tion’s ini­ti­ated Game Changer Pro­gramme was a per­fect and nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to the com­pany’s mis­sion: “I am very ex­cited about forg­ing a re­la­tion­ship with San­dals Foun­da­tion. Here at PTX we are thrilled that we could make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of youth across the Caribbean with the con­tri­bu­tion of our Stable26 ath­letic socks. It gives us great plea­sure to know that our prod­uct will help the less for­tu­nate feel more com­fort­able in their footwear.”

Heidi Clarke, Di­rec­tor of Pro­grammes at San­dals Foun­da­tion, ex­pressed her own thank you to the new­est Game Changer part­ners: “We are now into the pe­riod of our third an­niver­sary for our Game Changer Pro­gramme. We have been heart­ened by the successes of the ini­tia­tive and the grow­ing in­ter­na­tional sup­port which has in­creased our abil­ity to en­gage our youth through schools and the wider com­mu­nity through an av­enue that they love and are ex­cited about. We have watched our chil­dren de­velop holis­ti­cally in ways, when we started, we only hoped we could achieve, and we could only at­tribute the achieve­ment of th­ese goals to the sup­port from com­pa­nies such as PTX Per­for­mance Prod­ucts. Part­ner­ships are al­ways nec­es­sary and al­low you to dou­ble the im­pact that you achieve alone.”

In Saint Lu­cia, socks were of­fi­cially handed over dur­ing a small cer­e­mony held at the Ken­neth “Wrig­gler” King Mul­ti­pur­pose Com­plex. Re­cip­i­ents were: Ron Du Morville, on be­half of Game Changer Bas­ket­ball For the Fu­ture Team; Trevor Daniel on be­half of Flow-Trevor Daniel Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme; and Sirsean Ar­lain on be­half of Tigers In­FLOW. Th­ese coaches were very ap­pre­cia­tive in re­ceiv­ing the socks on be­half of their re­spec­tive sport­ing dis­ci­plines. They ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, all recog­nis­ing the value of this part­ner­ship and, fur­ther, that the chil­dren and young adults could only stand to ben­e­fit from this un­ex­pected gift from the San­dals Foun­da­tion.

Ron Du Morville, in a rare show of emo­tion, said, “This will go a long way to mo­ti­vat­ing our boys.” Trevor Daniel, in his re­marks, high­lighted that “th­ese socks will re­duce in­jury to the foot­ballers”. Fi­nally, Sirsean Ar­lain was over­whelmed and, in thanking the San­dals Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ho­tel Man­ager Martina Roth, had this to say: “We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this gift. The value of th­ese socks is tremen­dous and we would not have been able to af­ford them oth­er­wise.”

The San­dals Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to de­liver on its prom­ise to the de­vel­op­ment of the chil­dren across the Caribbean.

Sirsean Ar­lain of Tigers In­FLOW Academy (left) re­ceiv­ing do­na­tion from San­dals PR Man­ager, Judy Deter­ville.

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