Scores of children in Waterhouse, St. Andrew were treated with back to school goodies courtesy of Sprint Queen Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce on Sunday.
Thanks to the Pocket Rocket Foundation spearheaded by Fraser-Pryce, Nike, Digicel, Sagicor Purity and Grace, the initiative was well executed.
The 33-year-old took to Instagram to express her sheer joy about the back to school treat.
“Let’s just say the little girl in me was so happy….it always warms the deepest parts of my soul when I am able to give back through my @sfppocketrocketfoundation. I am excited to see the continued educational growth of the students in my community and happy to encourage and support them going back to school in style.
Special big up to my sponsors @nike, @digicelfdnja , @sagicorfoundationja, @purityja and @gracefoods for your partnership in creating change,” she wrote.
Through donations and fundraisings, the SFP Pocket Rocket Foundation also provides Scholarships to high school students (2nd to 6th form) who represent their school in any sporting discipline. The scholarships cover the entire cost for the student to attend school each academic year, this includes tuition, books, lunch and travel.
Fraser-Pryce rose to prominence at the 2008 Olympics, becoming the first Caribbean woman to win gold in the 100 metres. She followed her 2008 victory with a successful defence of her title in 2012, making her one of only three women to win successive Olympic 100 m titles. After injury affected her season, she won bronze in 2016, becoming the first female sprinter to win 100 m medals at three consecutive Olympics. In 2017, she took a one-year break from athletics to have her first child. At the 2019 World Championships, at the age of 32, she became the oldest female sprinter and first mother in 24 years to win 100 m gold at a global championship.