Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce explains why giving back has been the ‘highlight of her career’

World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

ATHLETICS Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce explains why giving back has been the ‘highlight of her career’

Joel Omotto 19:00 - 31.10.2023

Five-time 100m world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has revealed why she ranks her philanthropic work higher than what she has achieved in her storied athletics career

Five-time world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is delighted that she will be marking a decade of change when she celebrates the 10th anniversary of her Pocket Rocket Foundation in November.

Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has awarded scholarships to 73 student-athletes across various sports from 26 schools across Jamaica.

She has been able to do so through generous backing from various sponsors and on November 4, she will be celebrating the milestone with past, future and present of the foundation and what they have been able to accomplish so far.

“I started thinking about giving back in 2012 and I am part of a community that has always been about outreach even as a young girl growing up being in an environment where I always had help,” Fraser-Pryce told Television Jamaica.

“Standing on the shoulders of other women and men who saw that I needed the help so it was almost in it for me.”

The two-time Olympic champion says giving back to the community has been the highlight of her career despite amassing numerous medals from the track for nearly two decades.

“I believe from a community point, there are so many people who needed help. We are blessed as a foundation to have 10 years of difference, impacting communities and it has been the highlight of my career,” she added.

“So far, we have been able to assist 73 student-athletes and that is huge to me. It is not just track athletes but athletes in sports.”

Among the foundation’s future plans is a strategy to prepare high school student-athletes for college by providing them with the tools they need to successfully make the transition thus enhancing the chances of success.

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