Caribbean track and field stars gear up for the Penn Relays


Jared McCallister writes that Philadelphia’s “big Penn Relays track-and-field carnival—and its showcase of international Olympic-caliber superstars from the Caribbean and cream-of-the-crop high school competitors from the region—is just days away.” The Penn Relays take place from April 23 to 25, 2015.

The three-day event for high school, college and international athletes runs from Thursday to Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. Hordes of fans from the New York metropolitan area will join track-and-field enthusiasts from across the country at the 120th edition of the event, which has become a magnet for some of the Caribbean’s best talent in the sport.

Among the Penn Relays annual highlights is the ever-growing collection of Jamaican high school athletes — rocketing to Philadelphia after their nation’s Boys and Girls Champs and taking on all comers in running and field events. This group of youngsters and Caribbean athletes from other nations has been assisted for the past 20 years by the New York-based Team Jamaica Bickle organization, which aids in obtaining accommodations and transportation and provides familiar Caribbean foods during their U.S. stay.

Through Grace Foods and Vincent HoSang and his New York-based Caribbean Food Delights firm, Team Jamaica Bickle provides athletes with food and beverages.

For more information and tickets for Penn Relays, visit

Contact Team Jamaica Bickle by calling (718) 523-2861, sending email to and visiting

[Photo above: Usain Bolt leads the team to victory at the 2010 Penn Relays; from]

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