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Closed Sports Locker donates inventory

Public schools and youth programs to benefit from kind gesture
  • PROGRAMS BENEFIT: A number of public schools and youth programs in New Providence are expected to benefit from a donation from the owners of the recently closed Sports Locker which was located in the Town Centre Mall. The inventory of sporting equipment and clothing was donated to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Photos courtesy of the MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • PRIMARY SCHOOLS: The Primary School Sports Unit of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was presented with a donation of sports items for public primary school sports programs. Shown from right are Ross Smith, Deputy Director of Education-Curriculum and Instruction, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Dawn Knowles, Senior Education Officer, Primary School Sports Unit; Happy Hall, YESI; and Evon Wisdom, Sports Administrator, Sports Unit, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

  • BASEBALL DONATION: The Mario Ford Inner City Baseball League also benefitted from the generous donation from Sports Locker. Shown from left are Happy Hall, YESI; Mario Ford, Director, Mario Ford Inner City Baseball League; Minister of Education Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald; and Evon Wisdom, Sports Administrator, Sports Unit, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

  • FOR THE YOUNG: The New Providence Youth Association of American Football League (NPYAAFL) received some gear from Sports Locker. Shown from left are Aaron Johnson, player, NPYAAFL; David Johnson, Director, NPYAAFL; Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald; Happy Hall, founder of Youth Empowerment through Soccer International; Jeremy King, player, NPYAAFL; and Evon Wisdom, Sports Administrator, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

  • THE WAY FORWARD: The owners of the recently closed Sports Locker recently donated the inventory of sporting equipment and clothing to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for public schools and youth programs in New Providence.


Published: Jul 12, 2013

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Youth Empowerment through Soccer International (YESI) and the Mario Ford Inner City Baseball League were two youth groups presented with sporting equipment and apparel that Sports Locker donated to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The owners of the recently-closed Sports Locker, located in the Town Centre Mall, donated its inventory of sporting equipment to the ministry for public schools and youth programs in New Providence. The generous donation was initiated by Happy Hall, founder of YESI, who approached the proprietors of Sports Locker to ask them to donate the unsold merchandise to the ministry. Hall shared the idea with Evon Wisdom, Sports Administrator in Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and together they obtained the sports goods.

During the presentation of the equipment at the ministry, Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, expressed gratitude to Hall and Wisdom for their efforts to acquire the products. He also thanked Sports Locker for its generosity stating that their donation is an excellent example of public–private sector partnership in education and sports. The minister also stated that he is always grateful when he sees individuals and organizations helping young people to advance in their sporting pursuits.

“I am always excited when I hear about donations of sporting equipment because it is very expensive,” he said.

Minister Fitzgerald also revealed that the government’s commitment to sports will be seen in four sporting complexes it will develop over the next four years in each district of New Providence. Each of the proposed complexes will have a swimming pool, a tennis court, a basketball court and soccer and baseball fields. The minister noted that the soccer fields will also serve as playing grounds for American Football as well; a sport that the ministry is interested in seeing introduced in public schools.

Hall said he was delighted to assist in the effort to secure the donation. Hall’s soccer program at the Gambier School was also a recipient of some of the items donated. Other recipients were Ford, Dawn Knowles, Senior Education Officer, Primary School Unit in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; and David Johnson of the New Providence Youth Association of American Football League (NPYAAFL). Each of the organization heads expressed gratitude to the ministry and Sports Locker and appealed to other corporate citizens to assist them with developing the youth through sports.

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