PWCJ sends specially trained coaches to conduct camps in the strategically selected Jamaican communities of Kingston and Greater Portmore, St. Catherine and Savanna La Mar, Westmoreland. We deliver the following:
1. THE INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF SOCCER
Working in collaboration with local football/soccer clubs and primary schools, we organize and conduct a high-impact soccer camp, teaching technical skills while emphasizing health and fitness.
2. POSITIVE FEMALE ROLE MODELS
Jamaica suffers from a deep-rooted stigma associated with female participation in sports. We help overcome that by providing female coaches who set positive, inspiring examples for boys and girls alike.
3. INVALUABLE LIFE SKILLS
In addition to emphasizing teamwork, commitment, and respect we conduct financial literacy workshops (in collaboration with the Jamaica National Foundation) and Health & Nutrition workshops led by visiting coaches.
What Your Donation Means.
Along with our sponsors and partners, your generous gifts help us provide camp snacks, equipment, and even playing kits and certificates for each camper.
What Makes Our Model Sustainable.
PWCJ uses a “coach the coaches” program model, enlisting players from the regional football club and local youth coaches to serve as mentors and role models to the youth who look up to them.
Our coaches demonstrate how to run an effective camp—providing leadership and mentor ship skills along with a proven, evidence-based curriculum. This enables successful camps and clinics in the future, ensuring sustainability after our departure and impacting more youth in need.
Who We Are
Project Winter Camp Jamaica, a volunteer coach-led initiative, has held soccer camp in Jamaica inner-city communities for the past 5 years. Through fundraising, we have been able to provide a safe activity, and instruction, as well as much needed soccer gear and apparel to the children of under served communities in Jamaica. PWCJ is striving to create an equal playing field for boys and girls to enjoy and explore the love for the beautiful game in a camp atmosphere.
Project Winter Camp was founded by Dean Lothian, a Chicago-based parent, coach and former semi-professional soccer player. Coach Dean is certified with the United Soccer Coaches - National Diploma since 2003, and was a Master Soccer Coach with America SCORES Chicago for over 12 years, working with at-risk youth and providing coaching education to over 100 coaches each year. He is one of the pioneer coaches for the US Soccer Foundation's "Soccer 4 Success" coach-training program, and piloted its first Urban Soccer Certification Workshop.
A native of Jamaica, Dean knows what it is to play soccer barefoot on dirt fields. He also knows how positive soccer can be in the lives of children, and has devoted his time and resources to paying that forward.