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Inspiring the Subsequent Technology of Athletes: Jamey’s Story


Players on the field.

College students from the Cotton Thomas and Irish City colleges assemble as a group for his or her Unified soccer match

Soccer has all the time been a big a part of Jamey’s life. As a longtime Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis athlete, Jamey grew up enjoying soccer in school and in his local people. He additionally was a member of the Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis nationwide soccer group and traveled across the Caribbean competing in soccer tournaments.  

Now, at age 33, time constraints stop Jamey from enjoying soccer as he did throughout his faculty days. As a Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis board member, a consultant of the Particular Olympics Caribbean Athlete Management Council and a mechanic for the Saint Christopher Air and Seaport Authority, Jamey has an array of duties that restrict his time for having fun with the sport. Nonetheless, not too long ago, Jamey created a method to apply his ardour for soccer by main a challenge that supplied new alternatives for the following technology of athletes by way of Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Football players on the field.

Unified soccer gamers from each groups race towards the ball throughout a match

Jamey is a graduate of the Cotton Thomas Complete College, a particular schooling faculty within the capital metropolis of Basseterre. In collaboration together with his mentor, Clive, a fellow Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis board member, Jamey organized a Caribbean Athlete Management challenge that introduced collectively 8 college students from Cotton Thomas and 12 college students from the close by Irish City Main College for a 6-week-long Unified soccer program.  

Players on the field practicing.

Unified soccer gamers in St. Kitts and Nevis assemble for a follow drill

Jamey’s inclusive concept for the Unified soccer program was to supply college students at his alma mater the possibility to develop their soccer expertise whereas concurrently making new pals. Jamey knew the scholars with mental disabilities at Cotton Thomas had by no means performed in a soccer recreation with college students with out mental disabilities at Irish City. Jamey hoped his challenge would assist individuals in his neighborhood break down the stigma hooked up to individuals enrolled at particular schooling colleges, and as a substitute encourage individuals to develop bonds by way of their widespread curiosity in soccer.  

The scholars from Cotton Thomas and Irish City got here collectively twice every week after faculty to take part in power and conditioning coaching, soccer drills and group constructing classes. Jamey led every follow with two fellow coaches and due to a partnership with the Saint Kitts and Nevis Soccer Affiliation, the Unified soccer gamers had entry to ample sports activities gear. 

As with every new expertise, it took a while for the scholars from the 2 colleges to develop friendships with each other. Jamey found that the duties of being a challenge chief have been fairly difficult as he led the classes and deliberate actions for college kids with completely different talent ranges and personalities.  

After 12 classes, the challenge was accomplished. Reflecting on his work, Jamey was happy with the scholars’ improved soccer expertise and new-found friendships. “[My favorite part] was seeing the friendships develop; on the enjoying area they have been one group,” he stated. “It was good seeing the scholars present up and follow and play with one another. It was difficult, however enjoyable! They have been very energetic girls and boys who by no means appeared to tire,” Jamey added.  

Players on the field.

College students from the Cotton Thomas and Irish City colleges assemble as a group for his or her Unified soccer match

The scholars from Cotton Thomas and Irish City celebrated the top of the challenge with a Unified soccer match and an awards ceremony, however the group members are wanting to proceed enjoying video games with each other. With the current launch of its Unified Champion Colleges program, supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis plans to work with its native companions to broaden Unified soccer not solely in Cotton Thomas and Irish City, but additionally in different colleges across the nation. 

In an handle to the scholars and their households on the challenge’s awards ceremony, Ivor Blake, the Nationwide Director of Particular Olympics Saint Kitts and Nevis, shared that Jamey’s work will help the nation in reaching extra college students of all skills. “We’re right here due to Jamey’s dream, which is now a actuality… the teachings realized from this challenge can be put in place for the [Unified Champion Schools] program,” Ivor stated.  

Man presenting award to a young man.

Jamey presents one participant with a certificates for efficiently finishing the six-week Unified soccer program

Jamey’s mentor, Clive, shared his delight in witnessing Jamey’s management skills thrive throughout the Unified soccer classes. “[Jamey’s] progress was evident in his communication, independence, and self-confidence,” stated Clive. “He’s a real ambassador for Particular Olympics and for Saint Kitts and Nevis,” Clive added.  

Shifting ahead, Jamey hopes this profitable challenge will encourage youthful Particular Olympics athletes to share their skills—not simply in school, but additionally with different native soccer groups of their communities. He believes that when the message of Unified soccer is put into follow, individuals can present how a typical love of sport can deliver everybody collectively, it doesn’t matter what their skills are. “I encourage my fellow Particular Olympics athletes to develop into extra concerned of their neighborhood groups. I believe beginning [Unified] Packages in colleges will pave the way in which for extra inclusion in neighborhood and nationwide groups,” he stated.  

Players on the field holding up their jerseys.

College students from the Cotton Thomas and Irish City colleges are excited to obtain their new Unified soccer jerseys



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