Usain Bolt has donated $1 million JMD to Special Olympics Jamaica.
The Jamaican sprint legend made the committed through his Usain Bolt Foundation last week. SOJ is gearing up to compete at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates in March.
Bolt also brought his long time sponsor Puma on board, in a sponsorship, which will see the delegation receiving full gears and equipment for the championships, which runs from March 14 – 21.
Jamaica will be sending one of the largest delegations to the games to Abu Dhabi, with a 98-member contingent set to make the trip.
This includes 73 athletes competing in eight sports (volleyball, football, roller-skating, bocce, swimming, athletics, badminton and basketball) 22 coaches, one medical representative and two officials.
“I know the struggles, and for me to help them to live a dream or an experience, even as an Olympian myself, was an easy decision for me,” Bolt said during the handing over ceremony. “My advice to them is to understand that it will be a big stage, don’t get stage fright, just go out there and try to have as much fun as possible and represent themselves and Jamaica.”
“I want to invite the private sector also to come on board and help them, to give what they can; give because it’s something good and I am just happy to be a part of it,” he continued.