Posted in Athletes, Branding, Jamaica, Sport, sport fan, Sports, Track and Field

Sport Fans – What are we missing?

KINGSTON – Sport fans globally have been lamenting the absence of live sport that they can watch on screens or even attend considering we are all being affected by this covid19 pandemic.

What is true though, this is one of the toughest periods sport fans have gone through in the last twenty years.

  • We were 65 matches in the NBA season.
  • The English Premier League (EPL) did not go beyond the March 14 date.
    • (Liverpool – two matches away from being declared winner)
  • UEFA has suspended and pushed back dates of all its leagues
    • February 19 a match was held in Milan – Atalanta vs Valencia
  • MLB was in the pre-season. March 26 was supposed to be opening day.
    • The Nationals are the defending champions  
  • NFL was doing combines and getting ready for draft (April 23 – 25) this will be virtual
  • ESPN will show The Last Dance – the Michael Jordan series
    • Originally set for June and will be brought forward to Sunday, April 19
  • WNBA draft is coming up in May and could be virtual

The Summer Olympics was scheduled for July 24 to August 9 and sport fans were all lining up.

On the track and field calendar, the World Indoor Track and Field, Nanjing was the first event to be postponed from the IAAF calendar and all the other Diamond League events, World Continental Tour (which includes the Racers Grand Prix event in Jamaica) are all being affected.

We are looking at hundreds of hours of TV/Sport content, live and delayed that, we, as sport fans are all missing.

What about the athletes?

With five sporting disciplines (Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sport climbing and Surfing) to be added to the existing 28, apart from the athletes who were gearing up for the 33 sporting disciplines in this year’s planned Summer Olympics, all the other leagues and competitions listed above would see a significant percentage of the world’s best athletes on show.

The major brands, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Under Armour would be in the world’s eyes. Some of us would be ordering stuff online and even when we attend some of the meets, we would acquire the latest merchandise that is available.

The athletes would wear the latest set of gear that has been made and we consumers would grab this up at every chance we get.

Opportunity for athletes during COVID

  • Stay safe and follow the protocols
  • Show us snippets of you working out in your branded gear
  • Give tips that can be used to inspire the world as you would always do
  • Keep all your fans informed; you may even get new fans

No one will or should be able to say when any major sporting event will return to the court, field or track, but one thing is sure, live sport is a thing.

Until then, cherish the memories… of sport!

Stay in the Game!

Posted in Jamaica, Music, Reggae

DJ Kurt Riley presents The Global Party

KINGSTON, Jamaica – DJ Kurt Riley, more popularly known as the Party Animal in the Dancehall, took to the digital streets and spun into action last Saturday (March 28).

In what his team dubbed The Global Party – Caribbean Edition, the just over three hours event went live on Instagram; Facebook and YouTube.

Just before The Global Party was launched, Riley had 29,400 followers on Instagram, that has now moved to 30,500 in just a few days. Riley, speaking after the first show said, “I am ready to go again.” He will be on every Wednesday and Saturday through to the end of April in the initial stage.

DJ Nicco (left) and DJ Kurt Riley

Riley had DJ Nicco with him in the Kingston-based studio and hosted personalities from across the world, with heavy inputs from USA, Canada, Africa, Australia, and a host of fans from across the wider Caribbean and home island, Jamaica.

Young and upcoming singer, Abby Dallas made a guest appearance.

The mix of songs attracted a wide demographic as Riley punched tunes from soca, dancehall, reggae – hits after hits, after hits. He also paid tribute to the late great Bob Andy who passed recently. Bob Andy and Kurt’s father, Winston Riley shared a good friendship.

Grace Kennedy Money Services (GKMS) joined in the party too. They partnered using their brands Bill Express Online and Western Union under the theme #StayHomeAndParty.

Senior Communications Manager, Grace Kennedy Financial Group, Yolande Gyles Levy was part of the livestream endorsing the event in a live interview.

Special thanks to Grace Kennedy Money Service, our live guest artist @theabbydallas, our first guest dj @djnicco876 and all who made a success. Big ups to CPJ & Magnum

The event was powered by Animal Instinct Entertainment and was supported by CPJ, Magnum and IPMG.

This Wednesday, April 1

The Global Party will feature a Trailerload of 70s, 80s, 90s music starting at 6pm entertaining the quarantined across the globe.

-ENDS-

Posted in Advertising, Athletes, Jamaica, Jamaica Tourist Board, JTB, Sport, Volleyball

International Club Volleyball in Jamaica, March 20 – 22

KINGSTON, Jamaica –  Top-class international club volleyball action returns to Jamaica this March (20 – 22). For the 28th year, the Venus Volleyball Club will stage its three-day tournament.

The event this year will feature seven male and eight female teams. Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and Jamaica. The teams will be vying for top honors to include the 2020 Trophy and cash prizes and individual awards.

Home team and hosts, Venus International are the defending champions in both the male and female categories.

President of the Club, Kenneth Reid, in praising his team, says “we are happy to continue to contribute to the development of volleyball in Jamaica. For almost three decades we continue to showcase our own talent and we have been able to facilitate a wide range of international talent over this period. We continue to make serious inroads in the sport.”

One of the community initiatives the clubs has embarked on is ensuring the schools in St Catherine have access to this level of competition. Several high and primary schools will be invited.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is one of the main sponsors for the event, along with the Tourism Enhancement Fund, The Knutsford Court Hotel, and SportsMax Ltd.

Action serves off on Friday, March 20 at the GC Foster College and runs through until Sunday when the final in both categories will be held. Action starts at 9:00 am on Friday.

At last year’s staging, five (5) overseas based teams participated, representing three (3) countries; USA, Bahamas, and Trinidad.

Posted in Advertising, Athletes, Branding, Caribbean, Cricket, Jamaica

What of Jamaica Sport?

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Over the next three to five years, Jamaican superstar athletes will be involved in a series of global and international Games and Championships in several disciplines. Football, Cricket, Track and Field, Netball, Basketball, Swimming (diving) and Volleyball are just some of the sport that will see considerable action.

Most, if not all of the events, will take place out of the Caribbean region, which offers an opportunity for the (Brand) Jamaica to strengthen and deepen its roots in the global space.

From as long as 1948, Jamaican athletes have long established themselves as superstars and have continued to do so in traditional and non-traditional areas.

Yona Knight-Wisdom, for example, just finished second in the 3 metres British Diving competition in preparation for upcoming World Championships in South Korea (July) and European Championship in Ukraine (August) all towards aiming for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled for Japan.

Yona Knight Wisdom

The Reggae Girlz will take the field for the first time at this level on Sunday, June 9 against Brazil, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Reggae Boyz are in the Gold Cup as they look to campaign for the 2022 World Cup. There is a long list of football competitions to take place in all age groups on the turf and even in the sand.

Netball heads to Liverpool this summer for what could be a great chance for the Sunshine Girls to climb to number one.

In the last quarter, track and field will dominate with the World Championships and will be the first time since Osaka (2007) that Usain Bolt won’t be competing. We wait to see what that will look, feel and sound like.

That summarizes the outward events. And from all indications, the national federations along with the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) have their work cut out for them.

JAMAICA MUST BENEFIT

What of incoming events though? And how will Jamaica benefit from earnings from the global sport industry? Time for a sport agency of known skill and repute to make this happen. We continue to skirt and dance around with the possibilities.

Time for the upgraded version of Jamaica Sport to return – an agency with skills, resources and the requisite financial backing to coordinate island sport tours, major and targeted sport events with franchises, national and international teams and personalities.

This was written some time ago – Bring back Jamaica Sport https://carolebeckford.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/bring-back-jamaica-sport/

It is time, to #CallTheGame

One Love!

Posted in Advertising, Athletes, Football, Jamaica, Jamaica Tourist Board, Reggae Girlz

MAIN EVENT AND JFF SPECIAL PROJECTS TEAM PARTNER FOR REGGAE GIRLZ FUNDRAISER

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Main Event Entertainment Group Limited is partnering with the Special Projects Team from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), in a show of support for the Reggae Girlz. The Lapathon/Breakfast Party Fundraiser slated for Saturday, May 18 at the Jamaica College – Ashenheim Stadium.

The lapathon/breakfast party is among one of the major activities to raise funds to support the Reggae Girlz’ campaign as they continue to prepare for the June 7 – July 7 Women’s World Cup.

While in Jamaica from May 12 to 20, there will be a series of events on and off the field for the team.  

A member of the Special Projects Team, Pat Garel, says “the campaign to the World Cup will get a boost in Jamaica this week and we want as much support as we can for the Girlz. We are hoping Jamaicans at home will see the significance and support where they can.”

Fans are required to contribute a small fee of J$1,500 and the event will combine the walk/run/wheel and will have entertainment for all from 6am – 9am. 

Participants are being asked to wear their best and most appropriate Jamaican outfit to come celebrate the Reggae Girlz. The team will make a brief stop to thank the participants at the venue.  

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will play Panama in Kingston on Sunday, May 19 at 6pm at the National Stadium. This will be the final home match before they head out for stops in Florida (USA), Glasgow (Scotland) and then off to France.  

Panama was the team the Reggae Girlz defeated 4-2 on penalties (October 2018) to seal their spot for the World Cup. The return match is expected to provide a thrilling encounter for fans in Kingston.  

Interested participants may send an email to reggaegirlzjamaica@gmail.com  

Posted in Athletes, Branding, Jamaica, JTB, Media, Reggae Girlz

FUNDRAISER LAPATHON FOR THE REGGAE GIRLZ – Saturday, May 18

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will play Panama in Kingston on Sunday, May 19 at 7pm at the National Stadium. This will be the final home match before they head out to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, June 7 to July 7.

The team has international friendlies in Florida (May 21 – 24) and Scotland (May 28) en route to France.

Panama was the team the Reggae Girlz defeated 4-2 on penalties (October 2018) to seal their spot for the World Cup. The return match is expected to provide a thrilling encounter for fans in Kingston.

While in Jamaica from May 12 to 20, there will be a series of events on and off the field for the team.

The Special Projects Team will be hosting a fundraising lapathon at the Jamaica College Ashenheim Stadium on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 6:30 am.

A member of the Special Projects Team, Pat Garel, says “the event is aimed at raising well-needed funds to off-set some of the costs associated with ensuring the team has all the resources needed for a secure journey onward and during the World Cup. We see this as an important event for the Jamaican fans and the Girlz.”

Fans are required to contribute a small fee of J$1,500 and the event will combine the walk/run and will have entertainment for all from 6:00 – 9:30 am

Participants are being asked to wear their best and most appropriate Jamaican outfit to come celebrate the Reggae Girlz. The team, which will have a training session that Saturday, will make a short pit stop at the venue to say thanks.

Interested participants may send an email to reggaegirlzjamaica@gmail.com fff520

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Jamaica, Jamaica Tourist Board, JTB, Music

WELCOME PARTY FOR USAIN BOLT TRACKS AND RECORDS

KINGSTON, Jamaica – One of Kingston’s best eateries, Usain Bolt Tracks and Records will host the Welcome Party for the 7th running of the Kingston City Run.

The world-renowned facility, which has three other locations (Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and London) will feature as a targeted sponsor for the event which will host the first marathon in Kingston.

The “run” will be held under the theme Run Di City, Feel Di Vibe and a collaboration with Tracks and Records “Real Jamaican Vibes” is a match made for Kingston and “it promises to be a thriller to get the weekend’s event started,” says Angiel Shaw, head of marketing, Tracks and Records.

The welcome party is scheduled for Friday, March 15 and will feature one of Jamaica’s top entertainment DJ groups, Coppershot Disco. The 25-year-old group has been featured in several shows in Jamaica, Caribbean and in the USA.

The group is known for their style which consists of distinguished remixes, entertaining dubs, unique mixing, scratching and original jams of roots reggae, pop, soca, dancehall, hip hop, reggaeton and R&B.

The welcome party will be for registered participants in the Kingston City Run who will enjoy specials from the delectable menu.

The party will run from 7 – 9 pm.