By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
A Special Homecoming For An Olympic Hero
JAMAICA – On Saturday National Meats,in association with the community of Sherwood Content, will present theHart Hill/Sherwood Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebrations in honor of world record holder and track sensation Usain Bolt.
The events will honor the three-time Olympic gold medalist and local hero for his record-shattering performance in the recently concluded Beijing Games.
Bolt, the 22-year-old track phenom, broke the world record for the men’s 100m when he stopped the clock at 9.69 seconds; he shocked the world again when he completed the men’s 200m in 19.30 seconds.
He then continued Jamaica’s track dominance of the 2008 Summer Olympics when he and his teammates ran the men’s 4 x 100m in 37.10 seconds. Bolt is the first man to win all three events at the same Olympics games since Carl Lewis accomplished the feat in 1984, and is the only man to set world records in all three at the same Olympiad.
The Hart Hill/Sherwood Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebrations will start with a fun day for the children of Sherwood Content at the Waldensia Primary School , where Bolt’s amazing ability was discovered and nurtured.
The celebration will culminate with a free concert at 8:00 PM at the William Knibb High School, where Bolt honed his skills and rose to prominence in the track world . DJ Nick (formerly DJ Nicholas), the legendary hand-clapping, feet-stomping minister will kick off the concert, which will showcase some of Jamaica’s top Gospel, Reggae and Dancehall acts, including international superstar Shaggy, roots specialist Richie Spice, Tanya Stephens, Voice Mail, RDX,Timberlee and Wayne Marshall.
The still-expanding roster of artists also includes fashion icon D’Angel, Bugle, Terror 3000 and rising star Tifa. Code Red, Coppershot and DJ Nico also will participate in the event that promises a night of dancing, a favourite past time of Bolt’s who boogied after each Gold Medal win. However, this time the dancing will be to the beats of Ice, Ding Dong and Kreggy Dread.
David Phillips, CEO of National Meats/Hart Hill, voiced pride in his company’s involvement in the events to honor Jamaica’s international sports superstar. “We take rural development seriously and this is the reason we have joined with the community of Sherwood Content to celebrate the amazing achievements of one of our many great citizens.”
“Usain is an inspiration to all Jamaicans young and old. We feel his achievements should be celebrated and upheld as the standard that we must all seek to attain,” Phillips said.
“The nation is caught up in the pride and confidence that Usain has instilled in us since his emergence as our ambassador on the world stage. While he belongs to all Jamaicans he is first and foremost a son of the community of Sherwood Content,” Phillips continued.
“During the Olympics National Meats provided a big screen TV to the community so that we could all watch Usain make us proud and together we shared in the joy of his victories; we also sponsored a motorcade and a celebration party after Usain won the 200m.”
Mario Lazarre, Jr., CEOof No Joke Entertainment, who organized the events, is thankful to take part in what promises to be a historic day of celebration. “I cannot express the honor we feel to have been asked by National Meats to produce the Hart Hill/Sherwood Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebrations.”
“To be a part of an Olympic celebration honoring one of the greatest athletes we will ever see is beyond words,” said Lazarre, Jr.