On Friday, 14 September 2018, the SVG Cricket Association (SVGCA) Inc. will join with other sporting and youth organizations for a Walk in solidarity against the involvement of young Vincentians in criminal activities.
Recently, teenagers and young men, in particular, have been identified with a spate of violence taken place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There have been varying sentiments about the actual crime situation in the country, with voices echoing alarm, while others are opining a state of peace and security.
Sports have always been seen as a great alternative to combat crime, a message that the coordinators of this Walk wish to reiterate and is ultimately the purpose of this activity.
President, SVGCA Inc., Dr. Kishore Shallow explained the purpose of the Walk is to remind our young people of the opportunities that exist in sports. “This walk is not only to declare a zero tolerance for violence but to fervently remind our young men and women of the countless opportunities awaiting them through sports, which remain a very viable option as opposed to a life of crime,” stated Dr. Shallow.
Sports Officer and SVGCA Committee Member, Dyke Cato suggested the Walk provides the platform to have a fit discussion on the gateway that sports offer. “One has not truly exhausted the options of employment until attempting a sport or exploring the sports industry, be it as an athlete, an administrator or other roles, such is the reality of what sports offer today,” highlighted Mr. Cato.
The Walk has received the full endorsement of Director of Sports, Nelson Hillocks, President of SVG Olympic Committee, Trevor Bailey, President of SVG Tennis Association, Bryan Nash, President, SVG Football Federation (SVGFF), Marvin Fraser and others.
In a statement from the SVGFF, President Fraser said, “the SVGFF is cognizant of the rise in criminal activities among the youths of our society and so we are delighted to be partners in this initiative of sports against crime.” General Secretary of SVGFF, Devron Poyer confirmed the national football teams would be present at the Walk, demonstrating the strong advocacy of the SVGFF for the end of violence, particularly by our young people.
CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Andre Browne has echoed the support of his committee and pledge to be a participant of this purposeful activity on Friday.
Participants will commence walking at 4:30 pm from Diamond (next to Vogue Restaurant) and finish at Arnos Vale Sporting Complex.