Just as the World Cup fever has gripped Barbados, the Sandals Foundation is playing its part to add excitement and make the summer more fulfilling for three local football academies.
Last Thursday at the Luxury Included ® Resort, Sandals Barbados general manager Ferry Zievinger donated over 100 footballs to the Holford Sports Academy, Dexter’s Brazilian Football Academy and the RF Prime Academy.
“Today was a special moment for us in the Sandals family as many of our team members have children who attend academies such as these during the summer break and we were able to outfit them with these soccer balls.
“It’s all part of the great community work set out by the Sandals Foundation and our volunteers on resort,” said Zieveinger.
The Sandals Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to continue and expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. The Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred per cent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programmes benefiting the Caribbean community.
Richard Forde, of RF Prime Academy thanked Sandals for their involvement with sports and the community. He said: “It is extremely refreshing and pleasing when a private sector company steps up to the plate. We met with the Sandals Public Relations Department earlier this year and explored ways in which we could form a partnership and they have delivered. I really appreciate the support from Sandals especially in these trying economic times and rest assured these balls will be well cared for and put to good use.”
Dexter’s Brazilian Football Academy’s Dexter Marshall also thanked the Sandals Foundation. “I want to say thank you Sandals, you have made a great impact on these young men and women who love football and will assist in making their football dreams come through.”