Team Jamaica Bickle, Inc., (TJB) is a not-for-profit corporation based in New York State. The organization was formed in 1994 and was later designated a 501(c) (3) organization. Team Jamaica Bickle is the leading organization in sports providing support services for Caribbean athletes who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Its founder is the current CEO, Irwine G. Clare Snr., OD. The affiliated “Team Jamaica Bickle, Philadelphia Chapter,” was simultaneously formed by Blane Stoddart who now heads the Young Caribbean Professional Network (YCPN) also based in Philadelphia.
Since 1994, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has played an active role in the development and care of the athletes through its Hospitality Initiative, at the Penn Relays which has been a superb, necessary, and enriching program. In fact, through the organization’s efforts thanks to the sponsorship provided,more athletes are able to travel to the Penn Relays, which reduces the cost to both the families and schools. The organization also provides assistance to Diaspora organizations, such as Awesome Power Track Club, the Jamaica Basketball Association, NA., and the Jamaica Basketball Association, NA.
TJB’s mission is embodied in the motto, ‘Our Athletes, Our Ambassadors’. It’s services extend to a delegation of approximately six hundred & fifty (650) students and coaches from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada and Guyana.
Although not a part of its official contingent, TJB has welcomed and extended its services (over the years) to delegations of students and coaches from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Belize and Barbados.
Team Jamaica Bickle provides the following:
• Meals and other refreshments,
• Physical therapy, chiropractic, mentorship and medical services,
• Ground transportation: daily hotel to stadium shuttle &
airport transfers for arrival & departure,
• [Negotiated] subsidized hotel rate.
Team Jamaica Bickle, has been a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays since 1999, and is the first Jamaican organization to do so. Its pioneering work has brought recognition from the Penn Relays organization which resulted in the Jamaican flag being flown at the relays. This is the first for a foreign country. Over the years the organization has received numerous proclamations and awards from several local and national entities for its philanthropic services.