TJB is the leading organization in sports, providing support services for Caribbean athletes, particularly Jamaicans who compete at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, which is held at the University of Pennsylvania, (UPENN) in Philadelphia, PA. We are a not-for-profit corporation based in New York State; formed in 1994 and later designated a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our founder is the current CEO Irwine G. Clare Snr. The affiliated TJB-Philadelphia Organizing Committee was simultaneously formed by co-founder Blane Stoddart who now heads the affiliated Friends of Team Jamaica Bickle, also based in Philadelphia, PA.
TJB’s mission is embodied in the motto, ‘Our Athletes, Our Ambassadors’. TJB’s services extend to a delegation of approximately six hundred & fifty (650) students and coaches from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Guyana and Grenada.
Over the years TJB has welcomed and extended its services to delegations of students and coaches from the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Bahamas, Barbados and most recently Belize. 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
- Subsidized hotel rate
- Subsidized airfare
In 1999, Team Jamaica Bickle became the first Jamaican organization to be a participating sponsor at the Penn Relays. As a result the Jamaican flag became the first foreign flag to be flown at the Penn Relays, a distinction unmatched. Over the years, TJB has received numerous proclamations and awards from several local and national entities.