Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Coronavirus: Fraser-Pryce donates care package to 18 student-athletes

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) shares a selfie with two students at the unveiling of the statue of outstanding Olympian Asafa Powell at Statue Park at Independence Park at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, September 9, 2020. (PHOTO: Llewelyn Wynter).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre) shares a selfie with two students at the unveiling of the statue of outstanding Olympian Asafa Powell at Statue Park at Independence Park at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, September 9, 2020. (PHOTO: Llewelyn Wynter).

Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has made donations to 18 student-athletes as Jamaica and the world continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down schools across the country in addition to sports. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica now stands at 30. This is an increase of four since the last update on Wednesday.

More than 590,000 people have contracted the virus around the world and roughly 26,000 have died.

"As schools remain closed, SFP through her Pocket Rocket Foundation is extending a helping hand to our 18 student-athletes currently on academic scholarships," Fraser-Pryce posted on her Facebook page on Thursday.

The Facebook post further stated that "36 care packages packed with basic food items and just enough snacks to help them weather the current crisis. Each scholarship recipient will receive two shopping bags. We even topped it off with $600 phone credit per student-athlete courtesy of Digicel."

The recipients included Shemar Willis, Rajiv Redhi, Jevaughn Blake, Danielle Kent, Liana Campbell, Omarion Davis, Delojauntae Henry, Rashane Bartlett, Aleisha Robinson, Sherene Williams, Daniel Binns, Giana Lewis, Shanae Blake, Dominique Clarke, Julianna Mederios, Akalia Barnes, Abigail McIntosh and Atena Rayson.

The coronavirus has halted sports across the globe and earlier this week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were scheduled to start on July 24,  have been postponed.

The postponement gives Fraser-Pryce more time to prepare for what should be her final Olympics.

The IOC said the Tokyo Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than the summer of 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games, and the international community."

 

 

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