Jason Roberts/AFCAR The Game

Jason Roberts/AFCAR The Game

ST GEORGE’S, May 14, 2016 – Former Grenada international footballer Jason Roberts will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the provision of sporting events for disabled children in both Grenada and the United Kingdom.

The award is also in recognition of the partnership between the Jason Roberts Foundation, WINDREF and St George’s University (SGU), which has involved many of their students in the philanthropic activities. The Honorary Degree will be presented to Jason at the School of Graduate Studies/School of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, where Jason will be the Commencement Speaker.

The Jason Roberts Foundation (JSF) was formed in 2007, and in 2008 the Foundation expanded their work from not only providing able bodies with sports sessions, but also delivering sports sessions for people with disabilities. The disability programme extended to Grenada in 2010, and the Foundation started to partner with SGU.

The aim of this partnership is to provide skill-sharing, support and long-term assistance to the teachers, staff and students of the three Special Educational Needs schools in Grenada that the Foundation has worked with over the last five years. Since 2012, they have in partnership hosted eight ‘Festival of Sports’ Days for children aged from 5-18 with a range of disabilities including; autism, Cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and other complex needs.

“I am extremely honoured to receive this Honorary Doctor on behalf of the work my Foundation has done in Grenada and the UK. Sport has a unique ability to transcend cultural and ethnic backgrounds, to motivate and to inspire,” said Jason Roberts MBE, Founder and Trustee of the JSF.

“It gives me such pride to accept this award on behalf of all of the individuals and supporters who have given their time, resources and efforts to make other people’s lives a little bit better and I humbly accept this honourable doctorate in debt to them and my family who have supported me so much during this journey.”

“This degree is being awarded to Mr. Jason Robert by the University in recognition of his outstanding contributions in empowering young people through sports,” said Chancellor Charles R. Modica.

“Through my almost two years in Grenada I have worked directly and indirectly with the organisation to provide a structured Physical education structure for special needs children and several schools in Grenada,” said Kevin Moulton, Jason Roberts Foundation’s Ambassador, Grenada.

“The work and structure that the Jason Roberts Foundation provides for the children truly took me by surprise when I first started volunteering. I was introduced to the organisation when they came to Grenada and I was volunteering at the School for Special Needs in St Georges, Grenada.”

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