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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Jamaica's "Champs"

The Jamaica Observer has an article about a foreign article about their National Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships (aka the "Champs"). If you're not aware of the atmosphere surrounding Jamaica's high school championships, read the article(s). It's been called the best track & field meet in the world.

It strikes me as similar in many ways to the greatest basketball tournament in the world, the NCAA's March Madness. An undue amount of national attention is showered on athletes who are recruited from around the country for their prowess in the country's best sport. I'd even guess the social advancement available from a high school diploma in Jamaica is on a level similar to that of a college degree in the USA.

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