Bolt, Puma throw support behind Special Olympics Jamaica

Monday, January 21, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Usain Bolt Foundation has pledged a $1 million donation to Special Olympics Jamaica in support of their participation at the 2019 World Games in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Speaking at the SOJ offices at Independence Park, Bolt, 32, also announced that, at his request, sports apparel company Puma, which has a long-standing endorsement deal with the Jamaican retired sprint legend, has agreed to fully outfit the Jamaica team at the Games. The value of the Puma deal was undisclosed, but Bolt confirmed that it will include trainers and running spikes.

SOJ is set to send a 98-member delegation to the Games, which will include 73 athletes, 22 coaches, two officials and one medical staff.

Bolt has long been a supporter of the Special Olympics movement. As a youth phenom, he was guest speaker at the 2005 SOJ National Games.

Back in March 2015, as a global mega star, Bolt and former NBA star Rick Fox attended the opening of the SOJ multi-purpose court as special guests.

The Jamaican, who retired in 2017, holds the world record in both the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19). He is an eight-time Olympic Games champion, and winner of 11 gold medals at IAAF World Championships events.

Sanjay Myers

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