As a follow-up to the October 11 "Just Play" event, we are pleased to announce another great sport event for our St. John youth! Because of your donations and support, Using Sport For Social Change (USFSC) will help sponsor the Tortola Surf Classic. This event 2-day event will provide opportunities for youth to learn and take part in the sport of surfing.
USFSC will be holding an essay contest for youth which will ask how surfing and other sport activities can benefit them. The best essays from three youth from St. John and three youth from St. Thomas will be judged by local government and non-profit agencies and the winners will receive expense paid travel to the event and entrance fees. This new event was organized by Mr. Dean Doeling of the Nike Corporation in cooperation with Scott Hustins of Island Surf and Sail in Tortola. Additional sponsors are the St. John Community Foundation, VI Parks and Recreation and Southland Gaming. In addition to the essay winners, we expect 20 youths from St. John will participate and as many as 10 from St. Thomas. We are now reaching out to St. Croix youth for participation from that island.
This is another example of how your donations have helped continue the USFSC program. A program such as this is allowing us to reach youth from other islands. The hope is that a new communication can be formed where participants from other than St. John may participate in not only the annual "Just Play" event but in other sporting activities.
Thanks to your donations, the USFSC program has been a resounding success and will be able to continue through 2011 and beyond. Continued partnerships and donations will make this possible and we hope for your continued support.
Thanks to all who donated to the October 11 "Just Play" event. It was a HUGE success...beyond even our expectations! Because of your donations, Using Sport For Social Change (USFSC) provided a very active day for almost 200 children. The day consisted of games and activities for children age 2 to 6 and non-competitive sporting events for children age 7 to 18. The event was organized by Mr. Dean Doeling of the Nike Corporation. Nike provided boxes of clothing, sneakers, balls and other athletic equipment. The financials for the entire event was provided by the St. John Community Foundation as fiscal agent. The day began with a welcome and warm-up exercises for all children which included aerobic exercises and a short run. From there, the children were formed into groups and the games began! A few days prior to the event, a group of volunteers met to organize the event prizes, free clothing giveaways and participant numbering tags. All items were sized, arranged by color and boxed. The pre-organization was key to the smooth operation of the event itself and it was done in an all-volunteer fashion as was the event itself. In terms of organization, 112 children did pre-registrations. This gave us a good idea of clothing sizes and groupings. The remainder of the children registered the day of and were immediately assigned a number and a group. The activities numbered ten different events where all groups participated in five events prior to lunch and five events after lunch. The younger children were provided a separate area where games, crafts and running events took place. Lunch was provided by a local caterer as a community service! In all there were 37 volunteers throughout the day who oversaw events, served food, signed up participants, moderated, supplied water and ice and a variety of other services. The playing field was mowed and cleaned by the local Parks and Recreation agency. Effectively, the event had 250 participants including children, adult volunteers and other service providers. The day ended with a prizes for event first, second and third place finishers and a gift bag for every participant. The second annual "Just Play" day was an enormous success and plans for the 2011 event are now starting. Nike, Inc has promised additional equipment for next year's event and we anticipate an even larger volunteer base and number of participants. We thank all our supporters and hope that the same report will continue in 2011.
With $2100 donated as of August 6, 2010, the Using Sport For Social Change annual "Just Play" program is getting close to one-half the funding required to run the Just Play event. Based on the 2009 event, the projections for 2010 will be $8000. This means that Global Giving has provided 25% of the funding and local and some corporate donations have produced an additional 25%.
With an additional $4000 in donations, the project will be fully funded for 2010.
Already, plans have been made for the sporting events and as of July 21, 17 volunteers have stepped forward. We will need 25 volunteers to make the event go smoothly. Volunteer sign ups do not include the in-kind entertainment and food services provided to the event. In 2010, we expect to have several entertainers to include jumproping exhibitions, calypso, aerobic exercise instructors, motivational speakers and more. Food provided will be watermelons from a local market, beverages from a wholesale company and reduced pricing for lunch items.
We expect to have 12 different sports and game activities for children 5 to 18. Each event will be monitored by volunteers. Younger participants will have a higher ratio of child to instructor and games will be appropriate for ages 5 to 10. For older children (11 to 18) sports events will be catagorized as to age groupings (11 to 13), (14 to 16), (over 16).
We are excited about the 2010 event and we expect over 125 children to participate which is approximately the same number as the 2009 event.
Locally, we are soliciting donations from local businesses and individuals. We fully expect to be fully funded by the end of September. Marketing has already begun, our planning team is in place, and promotion of the event is well on the way.
The "Just Play" event will be held on October 11, 2010 at the Winston Wells field in Cruz Bay, St. John