GROUND WORK: The newly unveiled playing court. Inset: Bolt bonds with the kids.
Sprinter Usain Bolt's non-profit foundation, along with the Digicel Jamaica Foundation, handed over a multi-purpose court valued at $4 million on Saturday to Bolt's hometown of Sherwood Content. The gift also included the levelling of a playing field for football and other field-related sporting activities.
According to the Digicel Foundation, the new basketball/netball court is yet another example of working for the development of the community and is the first step in Bolt’s plan to revitalize the Sherwood Content Community Centre. "It’s a great joy to be able to give back to my community and play my part in creating sporting opportunities for the children," the world's fastest man said. "I want to thank Digicel especially and all who contributed to making this project a reality."
The multi-purpose court will benefit some 1500 residents in Sherwood Content and surrounding areas. The Social Development Commission (SDC), on behalf of the Usain Bolt Foundation, will see to the maintenance of the court and the implementation of a number of programmes designed to engage youth and community members in sports-related activities.