Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, yesterday donated to special needs schools in Guyana a number of sporting gears totalling over one million dollars.
These donations were done in the Boardroom of the National Sports Commission on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.
A statement released by Jones detailed that the NSC is committed to sports for the benefit of all, and will ensure that all athletes, despite their physical wellbeing, are able to participate in sports.
Further, Jones said, since 2015, the AFC/APNU Sport believed that everyone should have access to resources, despite their physical capacity.
He said the NSC, in 2015, set aside funding to support participation of females and the differently-able; thus, in 2016, the NSC was able to hold its first annual special school sports, which has now been made an annual event.
For 2018, the event will be held over two days at the National Gymnasium and at the Guyana Defence Force Ground, on the 18th and 19th of October, 2018.
Jones emphasised importance of the value of the items handed over. He said that even though they may not seem much — referring to Braille Cards and Braille Domino – they should be cared for. Beneficiaries of the items presented were: the Harold B Davis School, The Ministry of Education Unit for the Blind, The Guyana Society for the Blind CXC Students, Saint Barnabas Special School, Special Needs School of the East Bank and The David Rose Special Needs School.
The various schools represented at the event expressed gratitude to the NSC and Director Jones, as Tessa Fernandes, representative of Saint Barnabas Special School, said that because of the NSC, her children can now continue to excel more in the area of sports, and create opportunities for themselves in the sporting arena. (Timothy Jaikarran)