St. John Community Foundation

To enhance the lives of St. John Residents and visitors. Our goal is to provide program and financial oversite for any St. John project approved by our Board of Directors
Jan 18, 2017

Centennial Event Planning February 9th, 2017

1/18/17

Good afternoon,

My name is Dean Doeling, and for the past 8 years I have helped bring the power of sport to kids all across the island of St. John through a community supported event I initiated called JUST PLAY under a program I spearheaded, Using Sport For Social Change.

With the support of St. John Community Foundation and the St. John Sports, Parks and Recs Department, we are planning to hold a Centennial Community Event on St. John in October 2017. This Centennial Community Event will be held separately from the annual Columbus Day "Just Play" event and our goal is to bring local talent, entertainment, food, crafts and Good Will to the whole community.

This Centennial "coming together" event is in the beginning stages of planning and we are asking for your support and input in order to make this a truly spectacular event that will bring the community together in fellowship and spirit.

On February 9th, an informational round table will be held from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the St. John Parks and Recs building to start planning the St. John Centennial Event. A moment of your time is all that is needed and you don’t have to be there for the full time. Whether its your positive input, know-how, or just want to lend a hand before, during or after this event, we would love to hear from you! If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to meet with us personally, please email me at islandsun40@yahoo.com.

This Centennial event, as with the "Just Play" event is all volunteer driven and funded by sponsors such as yourself. We continue to look for unique opportunities for St. Johnian's to give back to this beautiful island while gaining exposure for themselves, whether its a donation of time, talent, hard goods or donation dollars, everything helps.

'Right now we are looking for help in the following areas:

• Planning, facilitating and logistics to include space planning, production, staging, permits etc

• Entertainment- Historical speakers, poets, musicians, dance groups, DJ's, other talent

• Food venders (possibly even a "cook off" of some sort)

• Vendors of local goods, crafts etc

• Any other ideas that you have to make this event even more special.

As always, more information about me and my personal initiative can be found at www.usingsportforsocialchange.com Please consider helping us in this worthy cause to bring the community together through this Centennial Event.

Thank you.

Sincerely, Dean Doeling & Carolyn Eaton

Using Sport For Social Change

islandsun40@yahoo.com

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Oct 18, 2016

8th Annual Just Play event a huge success!

Laurent
Laurent

From the St. John Source By David Knight Jr. — October 10, 2016

U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic boxer Clayton Laurent Jr. had a message for young aspiring athletes at St. John’s 8th annual Just Play event on Monday: “Dedication, hard work, respect and love” are the ingredients to success in the world of professional sports.

“Those four things will take you anywhere you want to go,” Laurent told the approximately 200 young people between the ages of five to 17 who signed up for the event.

Just Play is hosted by the organization Using Sport for Social Change, the St. John Community Foundation, and St. John Parks and Recreation. Just Play’s purpose is thelping to focus Virgin Island youth through sports and fitness, giving them the confidence they need to set personal goals, achieve their aspirations and create opportunity for themselves, their family and their community. Laurent, who was the V.I. flag carrier at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, was on hand at Cruz Bay’s Winston Wells Ballfield to encourage young aspiring athletes to pursue their passions.

“Sports can take you all over the world,” said Laurent.

He told the kids that when he first started boxing, part of the appeal was that the sport allowed him to travel, even if just to nearby Puerto Rico. But boxing has since taken him as far as Brazil and Poland, he said.

Laurent reminded the event’s young participants that there are many professionals who grew up in the Virgin Islands just like they are doing, athletes who attended their schools, and trained on the same fields and courts they play on. He mentioned major league baseball players Jharell Cotton and Jabari Blash as examples.

“There’s a lot of great talent in the Virgin Islands and you guys are the next set,” he said.

Dean Doeling, a senior production artist for Nike who founded Using Sport for Social Change and conceptualized Just Play, said he wants to see more opportunities for young people on St. John to be involved in athletics.

Doeling, a resident of Oregon who frequently travels to St. John, said he “noticed a big need for sports on the island” about a decade ago and “knew that [he] would eventually be able to do something about it.”

Doeling said he didn’t want to “dive in” without the right resources, so he began networking with parents and school faculty, non-profits, Nike, and sponsors in both the V.I. and Oregon with the goal of launching Just Play. The event now draws approximately 200 young people each year, and 30 volunteers from the community.

“It’s been fantastic. I’ve seen the kids since they were five years old the first year that we were here, and now they’re volunteering with us,” Doeling said. “It’s really a blessing to see these kids grow and change and still be involved in sports.”

He said that next year’s Just Play event promises to be the biggest yet and will include a “cultural heritage” component in honor of the V.I.’s centennial year.

Sponsors for 2016’s Just Play included Mathayom Private Chefs, AAA Fire Protection, Windspree, Seaside Properties, High Tide, the Inn at Tamarind Court, Get Trashed, Sunshine’s Jeep Rental, 8 Tuff Miles, St. John Hardware, X on St. John, Skinny Legs, Cruz Bay Landing, St. John Inn, Aqua Bistro, The Long Board, Caravan Gallery, Ronnie’s Pizza, St. John Rescue, St. John Spice, St. John Provisions, Infinity Personal and Business Services, St. John Ice and Water, STJ Board of Realtors, Love City Lunchbox, Cruz Bay Landing, Morgan’s Mango, Alice By the Sea, William Stelzer, The Triple B, the St. John Community Foundation, and the St. John Dept. of Sports, Parks and Recreation.

JustPlayKids
JustPlayKids
Jul 19, 2016

Fundraising for our 8th annual Just Play event now

Just Play 2016 postcard
Just Play 2016 postcard

Hey everyone!

Can you believe it? We are thrilled to be holding this annual event once again and are starting our fundraising early as it gives us time to get all sponsors listed on all promotional materials, plus ensures longer promotional time for our early sponsors.

We so appreciate our early sponsors! It allows us to get things done prior to the event and to take advantage of some discounts when ordering water bottles, event t-shirts, Gatorade, trophies etc. There is still plenty of time for you to get on board for our early sponsorship's. Our sponsorship's start at only $100 and gets you or your business name on everything from our event T's, postcards, event banners and our websites. 

 

You are also able to donate as an individual as well. Anything helps as this event is fully dependant on donations in order to put it on as a free event for the island youth.

Please contact Celia or Michelle up at the SJCF with any questions.

Thanks!

Dean Doeling

Founder: USFSC

 
   

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