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13.05.2008 General News

JAG Foundation Opens Ghana Office

By George Osei - newtimesonline.com

The JAG Sports and Education Foundation (JSEF) with headquarters in South Africa, has outdoored its Ghana chapter, hoping to give the youth opportunities to enhance their personnel development and the pride to achieve their potential.

Expected to start full time operation next month, the foundation will seek to kids in a programme structure that teaches values and enhances self-esteem, self discipline, perseverance, focus and sportsmanship.

Greg James, founder of the JSEF said at the launch in Accra last Saturday that his outfit is privileged to be establishing the base here, and believed that the children of Ghana would benefit a great deal from this initiative.

He added that they will focus on disciplines that are of immense popularity to the Ghanaian youth, taking them away from vices that would have otherwise put them at a disadvantage in society.

We will seek to promote peace and social upliftment as well as the promotion of positive role models, he said. These role models include renowned athletes like Tegla Loroupe of Kenya and Elana Meyer of South Africa, who are all affiliated to the JAG programme.

The foundation also has as one of its partners, Gayton Mckenzie, a hugely successful motivational speaker in South Africa who came to public attention when in 2002, he and a small group of inmates smuggled secret video cameras into Grootvlei Prison in the Free State province to expose fraud and sexual abuse.

As an advocate against crimes, he has reached 1.6 million South African school children of all ages and was voted the country’s top corporate speaker for the last three years.

The JAG foundation was invited to Ghana by former chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah to establish a Ghana chapter as a way of impacting positively on the youth especially the disadvantaged ones in this country.

The group was also in Ghana to show solidarity with the country and the families of the May 9, 200 stadium disaster victims, and aims to imprint the successes it has delivered in South Africa to the country.

It has already secured the blessing of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports whose representative at the launch. Dr. Owusu Ansah assured that h is outfit will work hand-in-hand with the JAG foundation to achieve their dream.

Mrs. Bron Villet Executive Director of the foundation, made an appeal to well meaning Ghanaians to contribute towards this worthy cause.

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