The Jamaican Karate Team will donate the proceeds from their virtual master class ‘Defend The Future’ to the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation.

Pushing towards qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and developing the sport locally would make it understandable for the karate team not to look outside of themselves still, they are making their contribution to social change.

In particularly, they are attempting to change the way mothers aged 17 and under, who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy, are valued, and attempting to change their opportunities.

A statement from the athletes highlighted, “To be a Jamaican athlete goes hand in hand with the desire to not only lift up your community, but to also inspire social change in the world.”

“As a team, we have come together to DEFEND THE FUTURE, to share our knowledge and experiences to raise funds to support the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation, an organization that exists to provide vital support to mothers aged 17 and under, who have dropped out of the mainstream education system on account of pregnancy.”

The virtual class is scheduled for August 30th at 10 a.m and will feature karate athletes like Alton Brown, Kenneth Edwards, Jessica Cargill and Valentyna Zolotarova. The after-effect will help thousands of teen mothers who are dependent on the Women’s Centre of Jamaica like Tenuke Doyley once was in 2003.

According to Doyley, The Women's Centre of Jamaica has been serving teenage mothers for several decades, but the truth is they just can't do it alone. The organization needs all the help possible to continue providing motivation and education to teen moms. And if it’s one thing, Doyley knows what it feels like to grapple with the consequences of teenage pregnancy and admits, “who feels it knows it. I navigated life as a teen mom by standing on the shoulders of many and so, It's my duty to pay it forward.”

Doyley, the founder of the ‘Leave No Girl Behind Initiative’, created the project to “empower and equip teen moms with the tools necessary to be the best version of themselves.” The initiative is advocated by the likes of Usain Bolt, Ricardo Gardner and Dr. Zoe Simpson, Executive Director of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation.

Through support, Doyley hopes to see organizations like the Women’s Centre of Jamaica flourish so that women can get a chance to improve their lives and ultimately the society.

Randy Brown pulled off a dramatic win during his most recent MMA fight at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo in Brazil on Saturday and believes the impressive manner of the victory positions him to challenge for a title soon.

In fact, in his post-fight comments, he called out highly touted veteran Michael Chiesa.

Chiesa is the winner of the Ultimate Fighter Reality Show and boasts a record of 16 wins and four losses.

Brown improved his record to 12-3 when he defeating Warlley Alves by submission in the second round of their fight in Brazil on Saturday night. The Brazilian tapped out 1:22s into the round after taking some heavy shots from the Jamaican, who said his ability to adapt was key to his impressive win.

“A major key to this victory was my overall adaptability, the ability to be dangerous in all aspects of the fight,” Brown told Sportsmax.TV on Sunday while on his way back to the United States from Brazil.

Brown fell a couple of times into the fight but each time recovered well enough to gain an advantage on his fearsome opponent who fell to his fourth defeat in 17 fights.

“I didn’t expect to slip and fall so early in the match but my adaptability and being well trained in all aspects of fighting I was to work my way from a bad position and reverse the position by the end of the round,” he said.

“In Round 2, I came out strong with a few strong combinations that hurt him. When I went in for the kill, I slipped and fell again but was able to rely on my grappling skill to submit him with a triangle choke.

“It’s a big win in my opponent’s home country. This moves me closer to the ranking and potential title challenges.”

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