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Building Christian Character Through Athletics - Oaktree Medical Center Supports DTSP Wolf Pack

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS –Development of Technique, Speed and Power (DTSP) this according to track coach Mr. Larry Clarke, is the essence of running and the ethos of his track club for youth focused on discipline, character development and family unity. In his running days, Coach Clarke transitioned from being a sprinter to a middle distance runner, he now aptly coaches young adults interested in the 100 to 3000 meters.

“We want our athletes to be in a wholesome environment, so in 2013, we took a core of seven persons and called them the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and started the club. We are now 32 strong,” explained Mrs. Gail Clarke, Secretary for DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club.

On April 10th 2021, the DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club will host its 4th annual track and field classic and will introduce an under 17 and under 20 male and female mixed relay. The organizers are pleased that despite the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the club, through the generosity of corporate Bahamas is able to host this year’s race. Oaktree Medical Center, with a donation of $10,000 is the Title Sponsor for the upcoming event.

From left: Mrs. Gail Clarke, Secretary, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club; Mr. Larry Clarke, Head Coach, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club; Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, Human Resources Director, Oaktree Medical Center; and Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center.

“As we launch this year’s event, to have a Title Sponsor such as Oaktree means a whole lot. We are looking forward to partnering more with Oaktree Medical Center in the years to come,” expressed Coach Clarke.

Grounded in Christian principles, the club focuses on training and developing young athletes while preparing them for life and academic success.

“The club came out of a group from Holy Cross Parish, we always participated in the Anglican track meets and saw some really good and budding athletes. In order for us to continue to support young aspiring athletes, corporate giving remains extremely important. In fact, we could not host this track meet if it were not for our sponsors. Their giving provides the support we need to celebrate our athletes,” said Mrs. Clarke.

For Oaktree Center’s Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux, the decision to become the Title Sponsor was solidified once learning of the track club’s quest for character development.

“Here at Oaktree, we are about building the community, once there is a stable community, we will have a better life. We were pleased to see that the Wolf Pack is a church based initiative, focused on building character, not just physically but spiritually. To us, that is extremely important,” he expressed.

Over the years, Coach Clarke and his team have mentored young men and women with raw talent who just needed training, development and someone to believe in them.

“We truly pride ourselves in what we do at Wolf Pack, all of our kids have access to college because of the door athletics and academics have opened for them. It is rewarding for me to work with these young people. Lamont Moss came to Wolf Pack years ago, not a strong sprinter however, with training and discipline, he has progressed tremendously. Today, he is one of the top sprinters in the country and now team Captain,” said Coach Clarke. 

For Oaktree Medical Center’s founder and his team, “an investment in the community is an investment in the future and we are proud of the work of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and the tangible way they are touching the lives of our next generation,” expressed Dr. Deveaux.

About DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club

Founded in 2013, DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club seeks to support and advance the sport of track and field in The Bahamas while building strong minds and bodies. This is possible by cultivating and maintaining an organised, productive, and training environment that builds both athletic and academic success.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

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Bahamas National Neighbourhood Watch Council Receives $5,000 from Oaktree Medical Center to Help Combat Crime

“Neighbours in The Bahamas watch out for each other; we are the eyes and ears for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, our main partner in the neighbourhood watch programme,” expressed Mr. Keno Wong, National Chairman, Bahamas National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) during a check presentation at Oaktree Medical Center.

“As an organization, we seek to partner with corporate Bahamas and local citizens who can help to support the efforts of neighbourhood watch programmes. It is truly a special day for us to partner with Oaktree Medical Center to bring an awareness of the NNWC and help with funding for the purchase of much needed community patrol vests and shirts for our community walks,” said Wong.

From left: Justin Johnson, President, Blair Estates, NNWC Executive, SAA; Keno Wong, National Chairman, NNWC; Renee Davis, Vice President, Millennium Gardens, NNWC Protocol, Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center, Medical Director; and Randy Hanna, NNWC President, Centerville Overtown.

Though crime was slightly reduced in 2020 due to stringent lockdown measures enforced by the government in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, overall, the county in recent years has experienced social decline in communities across the archipelago. The old adage, ‘it takes a village’ remains true thankfully with an uptick of subdivisions and neighbourhoods joining Neighbourhood Watch programmes.

“We realise when we have communities that come together and partner, we can fight this disease called crime. We are excited to now have 152 watch groups here in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera with Exuma on the way soon,” said Wong.

Mr. Keno Wong, Bahamas National Chairman, NNWC

Oaktree Medical Center Director, Dr. Don D. Deveaux underscored the need for corporate Bahamas to join in the fight by supporting causes to bring reform and healing to the community at large.

“Oaktree being a pillar in the community is happy to partner with NNWC to fulfil our mandate to make every community stronger. Right now, we are seeing social decay, we are seeing the breakdown of our communities due to many factors. It is time to get back to the basics, to the foundation, our roots, to build this nation up, one community at a time,” he expressed.

Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Oaktree Medical Center, Medical Director

Established in 2018, the NNWC is a platform through which citizens and residents participate in activities which strengthen the security of their respective communities. The Council, made up of neighborhood watch group leaders and civil society provide evidence-based crime prevention support, and guidance, to existing neighborhood watch programmes.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

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