Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives. As such, the United States Embassy has donated sporting equipment to the Pinelands Sports Club. The donation included basketballs, soccer balls, nets, a scoreboard, countdown timer, t-shirts and trophies. This equipment will be used by the club to host the Renaldo Maughn InterPine Developmental (Soccer) Tournament and Patrick Maynard Invitational Basketball Tournament in September and October, respectively.
The donation, which took place on August 21, supports one of the Embassy’s objectives of reducing youth involvement in crime and violence by providing positive alternatives to these activities.
Joaquin Monserrate, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS said of the donation, “I’m pleased that the Embassy was able to partner with the Pinelands Sports Club again this year. We will continue to partner with local communities to promote citizen security across the region as we work to create educational and economic opportunities for youth in the Eastern Caribbean.”