July 22-26, HTIL reached a milestone when it hosted its fifth annual soccer camp for youths in Barrett Town, St. James. The camp, which is the only recreational group activity the community affords, catered to over 100 attendees per day. This was the biggest and most successful to date; and its success was bolstered by number and caliber of the staff - which included the former Jamaica men’s national soccer head coach, Theodore Whitmore, and the former national goal keeping coach, Warren Barrett; also, noteworthy to mention were the more than a dozen recent beneficiaries (of the program) who served their younger compatriots.
This year, the campers (ages ranging from 6-14) were equipped from day 1 with uniforms (shirt, shorts, and socks), water bottles and a drawstring bags. The younger kids had fun mostly learning the game, while the older and more advanced kids polished some of their skills under the tutelage of Coach Whitmore. Also, for this year, everyday after expending their energies, the campers were treated to a cooked meal for lunch.
During the course of the 5 days, over 120 pairs of shoes were handed out, the majority which was handed out on day the final day. The final day was as usual the most anticipated day because of the staple All Stars (Medals and Trophy) Games where the players put their talent on display and vie for the MVP awards. Three slated official games were played U-10, U-12, U-14, and an extra one was added to facilitate the desire of the young staffers. Warren Barrett was on hand to present the players with medals and MVP awards. Brissette, Brandon Gordon, and CJ won the MVP awards for the U-10, U-12, U-14 and extra game respectively. Lastly, for the fourth time the top award - The Most Outstanding Student Athlete which includes $200 USD stipend - went to Damion Smith.
HTIL express thanks to all those who made this milestone possible!