CMM…New York; April 5, 2011 …The New York Diaspora is abuzz with anticipation as it gets
ready to welcome and honor five times Olympian Donald O. Quarrie, C.D. New York based not-
for profit, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), will honor Quarrie for his stellar career in track and field,
which spanned three decades and a highly active and impactful post-athletic career in the field
which made him famous.
The Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 from 6p.m. thru 12 midnight at the
Sullivan Room, 214 Sullivan Street, New York. The event will be hosted by leading New York
Radio personality, Dahved Levy of 107.5 FM WBLS; and will have in attendance stakeholders of
the sport fraternity, Diaspora politicians and leaders as well as other specially invited guests.
Quarries phenomenal career began at the age of 17, and is one marked by major milestones
and magnificent accomplishments. In his first Olympic appearance in 1968 (Mexico City)
Quarrie had to withdraw due to injury. This temporary setback did not deter him from
persevering and pushing forward. He went on to stamp his name amongst the greatest athletes
in the annals of track and field history. He was prolific on the track, winning numerous gold
medals and silver medals at the Olympic Games thru 1984. In between that he made his mark,
replicating stunning performances at premier track meets among them the Commonwealth
Games; the Pan Am Games and several other meets across the U.S. At the 1971 Pan
American Games: (California) he earned gold medals in both the, 100m and 200m, running the
second fastest time ever at 19.86, a (Jamaica) national record which lasted for 36 years. In the
1975 U.S. Track and Field Championships he culled gold in the 100m becoming the first non-
American to win that title.
He is the only male sprinter to ever win three back to back championship titles at the
Quarries, post athletic career has been equally prolific. He has coached several athletes to
Olympic medals. He has served many Athletic bodies and private sport organizations worldwide,
among them Nike, Fila, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF); and the
Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association, (JAAA). He is a Certified Athletes Representative of USA
Track & Field (USATF).
Donald served as the Technical Leader for the Jamaican National Team at the IAAF World
Championships and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2008, he was inducted into the California
Sports Hall of Fame in honor of his achievements in track and field.
About Team Jamaica Bickle
TJB is a 501c3 Non-profit organization created in 1994, to provide much needed assistance
for the athletes, the officials, and coaching staff while they compete at the Penn Relays. The
support is in the form of meals, transportation, physical therapy transportation, reduced air fares
and hotel rates and other amenities.
In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the 1st Jamaican organization to be a participating
sponsor at the Penn Relays, thus allowing us to partner with our corporate friends. As a result
the Jamaican flag became the 1st foreign flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction
unmatched. Over the years, T.J.B. has received several proclamations and awards from several
local and national entities.