I am looking forward to go working in Jamaica to give something back to this great country that gave so much to me. I have met many wonderful people who has the drive to give to something. it is with their help and support to is making this endeavor possible. By the’ hook or the crock’ is an inside joke shared with a great friend and colleague, coach Brian. We decided to run the camp last year even if we had only a few supplies. The time was long pass the due date for the supplies to get to Jamaica on time. Coaches who had committed to the project started pulling out and we were left in a lurch. I had such high hopes for this endeavor. I had never done anything like this before, and taking a friend with me was not such a great idea after all. What if things go bad? Where was the back up? there was no safety net in place if we fall flat on our faces. …by the Hook or the Crook seemed apt as we just didn’t know how things were going to turn out…The days before we left for Jamaica were so angst fill for me that it. We still did not know how things were going down. The fundraising was going slow and we started getting worried that we were going to disappoint some children who had penciled in to the camp already.
Whenever I spoke with my local contacts in Jamaica they assured me that the kids kept asking about the camp all the time. I know I did not want that to be on my conscience as I know how it felt to be promised something and that promise never got kept.
Coach Brian, Coach Chris, Coach Noah, and Phil O’Brien and a few others here in the US were always very supportive, and whether they realized or not they did helped me through that rough patch. I made several mistakes when I planned this camp but one of the biggest one was not telling the person closet to me everything. I mean everything. Here I was planning to be gone for over two weeks and not mentioned it to her, my plan. I clued everyone else was in on it but her…I don’t know how I let that piece of nugget got overlooked. So in spite of everything she helped me with the packing and setting up the agenda for the daily activities once we were there in Jamaica. I was so wrong about the way I did things but in the end everything came together.
The coaches that made it made it worked with the resources we had at our disposal. The first few days started out slowly. Some folks said that is attributable to the chick V disease that held some children back in school later than usual. The following days proved successful as we saw the numbers picked up incrementally. The four coaches myself included had our hands full until the end.
Special Thanks to
Coach Hani who doubled photographer and interviewer for the camp
Coach Aisha who made sure we on track
Coach Bryon who worked tirelessly
Coach Dani – last minute addition but proved valuable
Noah Sobe- The Village project
Tina Sernett – The Sports Shed
Jim Silcock- Hunt4Soccer Foundation
Patrick Dunkley-East Portal Club President
Hector Stevens- Club Enlightment
Ms. Virginia Turner- Jamaica National
Ms. Shawn Walker- Lasco
We have around twelve possible coaches that has committed to projectwwintercampjamaica.