Athletes bat for Community Service and Cultural Diversity
The University of the West Indies (UWI) is taking activities beyond the track for UWI Games 2013, incorporating non-competitive culture and community based initiatives. On Thursday, May 23 athletes from all three campuses – Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine – volunteered at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home as part of a Labour Day outreach project. They participated in the cleaning, beautification and renovation of the co-ed child care facility.
According to Rashid Hall, Assistant Coordinator for UWI Games, the visit to the children’s home demonstrates the University’s commitment to service in the wider community. “It’s about us trying to give back and ensure the public knows we are not just about sports and partying, but we are also about community service,” he said.
In addition to the outreach initiative, the athletes will be treated to a cultural showcase on Saturday, May 25 at the Students’ Union featuring performances from all three Campuses. This presents an opportunity for the University athletes to share cultural diversity with the end result being regional and cultural integration. Mona’s University Dance Society and the University Band will take centre stage, among cultural contributions from the other two campuses.
“One of the main goals of UWI Sports is not just about the sport, but it’s about networking and helping to develop CARICOM and fostering relationships with persons in the Caribbean. We thought we needed to do some additional things to really ensure that people are able to mix and mingle and meet and greet and get to know the culture of the Caribbean,” said Hall.
After the competitive events, athletes and supporters will relax and socialize at the Beach Lyme, which features beach football and beach volleyball among others. The new activity packed events contribute to the UWI Games holistic experience for the mutual benefit of the athletes and the University community.