Advocate for St. Lucia disabled joins Digicel 4th ODI Coin Toss #cricket #odi #digicelcricket #castries #beausejour #digicel #physicallychallenged
West Indies and Australia Captains, Sammy and Watson, respectively, were joined by a very special young man at the crease for the coin toss signalling the start of the 4th Digicel One Day International, held at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
An advocate for the differently-abled young people in St. Lucia, 17-year old Sheldon Nelson is a vibrant and vocal young man who is living with muscular dystrophy. He is using his condition and circumstances to lobby the government and community of St. Lucia for measures to be put in place to accommodate the disabled in the education system.
Sheldon has been paralysed since the age of five and his condition is a progressive one, confining him to a wheelchair. He has been unable to complete his education because of the limitations that exist in the school system. The structure of the school buildings, and the little resources allocated for the education of differently-abled students have prevented him from continuing his education.
An avid cricket fan, Sheldon was thrilled to be able to participate in the coin toss as he is restricted to his house for the most part, and usually only able to view cricket on TV.
“Thanks so much to Digicel for choosing me to be part of the coin toss, I am so happy! I am a 17 year old youth with an active mind and allowing me to be a part of this is really special for me,” he said enthusiastically.
“Digicel is so pleased that we were able to give Sheldon the unique opportunity to be a part of a West Indies international match as our way of continually bringing fans closer to the game,” commented Karl Donnelly, Digicel Group Head of Sponsorship.
“Having Sheldon with us is even more special because Digicel St. Lucia is doing its part to advance the same cause for which Sheldon is fighting. Digicel St. Lucia’s Caring Connections programme – of which Sheldon is a staunch advocate – is focused on special needs. The main pillars under the Caring Connections umbrella include early intervention, adolescent training and placement, social integration within the special needs community and driving awareness of special needs. It is our hope that Sheldon’s presence here today will open up many more doors for his voice to be heard, and ultimately get him back to school.”