May 30, 2017
The youngsters enrolled in the Mario Ford Baseball Programme are looking forward to new uniforms and equipment having received a donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
Since its inception in 1986, the programme has grown to annual enrolments of approximately 120 enthusiastic youngsters aged between 4 and 15 years-old with a passion for baseball.
The contribution by CIBC FirstCaribbean is earmarked for baseballs, gloves, t-shirts and refreshments for the players.
President and founder, Mario Ford, said he created the programme as a means to give back to the youth of his community.
“I was inspired because I have a passion for baseball and always wanted to give back.
I believe it is important for this programme to exist in this society because it gives athletes an opportunity to learn baseball skills and discipline and provides wholesome recreational activity.
It also helps keep our young men off the streets so that they can focus their attention on something positive,” Mr. Ford said.
Robert Cox, Associate Director of Client Credit Management at the bank, said that CIBC FirstCaribbean was thrilled to be able to continue to support the program.
“As an avid sportsman, I have first-hand knowledge of the level of talent found amongst our youngsters across many sporting disciplines. People like Mario Ford are trying to train our kids to hone their skills, learn the value of being a part of a team, and finding joy in sports.
Most importantly, he’s helping to boost their self-esteem. This is the kind of program that helps to really empower our youth.”
Mr. Ford thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for its support.
“When we received the donation it felt good to know that a corporate business actually cares about what we’re doing. CIBC FirstCaribbean has definitely been a great help to us and we are thankful for their assistance.”
Earlier this year during a Mario Ford Baseball Camp session, the boys got a special treat when professional baseball player Trent Deveaux attended one of their practice sessions at Windsor Field and provided some technical instruction.
Sixteen year-old Deveaux is related to Mario Ford and signed to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; he is in training in the Dominican Republic with Nogae Sports Nation Academy in preparation for his rookie debut.
Mario Ford of the Mario Ford Baseball Program (center) accepts a cheque from Sean Blyden (left), Shirley Street Branch Manager and Maya Nottage (right), Marketing Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean.
About CIBC FirstCaribbean
CIBC FirstCaribbean is the largest, regionally-listed bank in the English and Dutch speaking Caribbean serving over 400 000 customers in 17 markets, through approximately 2,700 staff, across 100 branches and offices. The bank, which has almost 250 years of combined experience in the region, offers a full range of market-leading financial services in: Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury Sales and Trading, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Small Business and Credit Cards.
CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world.
For more information about CIBC FirstCaribbean, visit www.cibcfcib.com