Patriot Bank Supports ‘Cool Runnings’ Jamaican Bobsled Team
Patriot Bank is a proud supporter of the third annual Jamaican Jam fundraiser held at the Riverside Yacht Club on June 10. More than 200 guests, double the amount of last year’s event, attended.
The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation event raised funds for the Caribbean island’s bobsled team, as they prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Six Jamaican members of the men’s and women’s Olympic teams were in attendance, along with their bobsled.
“Patriot Bank is delighted to support the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation in reaching their goals to once again compete in the Winter Olympics,” said Patriot Bank President Richard Muskus Jr.
Master of Ceremonies was Devon Harris, a writer, motivational speaker, and one of four members on Jamaica’s first men’s bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. The story was made famous by the Disney movie Cool Runnings starring comedian John Candy as the Jamaican team’s coach. Mr. Harris recently joked with the Greenwich Time, “How ridiculous is it that Jamaica has a bobsled team?”
“The sum of my experience before competing in the Olympics was maybe 13 weeks of practice total and we then competed against guys who had been doing this for 13 years,” said Harris.
The fundraising event was organized by Mr. Harris and Louis Van Leeuwen, owner and CEO of Greenwich Construction and Curry & Kingston. Mr. Van Leeuwen was born in Jamaica, where his family escaped from Nazis via the French underground in the 1940s.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will allow up to 170 bobsledders compete. Spots will be awarded on January 14, 2018, based on the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) Ranking List.