For the sixth successive year, Usain Bolt held a Christmas treat for kids in his community of Sherwood Content. This year, the need of proper playing facilities for his former school, Waldensia Primary, came up on the radar.
He has decided to make it the next project of his foundation.
The following is an excerpt from the Gleaner Western Bureau:
Sprint king Usain Bolt says he has big plans for the development of the sporting facilities at his alma mater, the Waldensia Primary School, in his hometown, Sherwood Content, in Trelawny.
Bolt was speaking during a Christmas treat which he staged yesterday for children from the community at the school. He said he had spent the Christmas period in the community as was the norm.
“Last night, I actually came to watch football up here. They were playing on the field down there and it wasn’t good. I was saying to myself that that is going to be my next project – get them some good lighting and, definitely, a better field because the field is in a poor condition right now,” Bolt told The Gleaner.
There is an annual night corner league held in Sherwood Content that includes teams from the community and surrounding communities, including Duanvale.
Several hundred persons turned out for the Christmas treat, including visitors from the cruise ship which was docked in Falmouth Pier.
Speaking of the treat, Usain said: “It is something that I really wanted to do. My foundation is really geared towards the kids. For me, I’m always here for the Christmas, so I said, ‘Why not do a Christmas treat in my community?’ and Digicel and Pepsi decided that they would come on board and join with my foundation and try to get the kids things that they would like. So it’s just a fun day for the family to come out and enjoy themselves.”