…gains full scholarship to Chicago State University
Jeremy Garrett is considered by many as a model student-athlete, who, over the years playing for Fruta Conquerors Football Club and Guyana, has balanced well his life on the field and that of his time at Chase Academy. The Guyanese excelled at both Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). After wrapping up his two years studying and competing for Louisiana State University (LSU) Eunice on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) circuit, Garrett is now adding business to his title, after rolling out his Express Delivery Courier Service. “[My] Business aspiration is to help the people of Guyana,” Garrett told Chronicle Sport yesterday in an exclusive interview.
“Delivery is a hassle every day, and if I can make it easier for the public, then it’s going to be a joy for me. Football and academic are my goals, that’s not going to change. However, me venturing off into a business just shows that there are other areas that can be filled by anybody,” Garrett said.
Garrett isn’t just thinking about himself. In fact, the 21-year-old has always been vocal about something being done to help young footballers earn a living from playing the sport they love, as he noted “I want to use my business to help young people, where as, I will be employing as much of them as possible and also young athletes who may be in need of any help” With the slogan “we are here ready to be of service,” Express Delivery Courier Service, according to Garrett, is secure and can be trusted; “So, for me, with the team that I have– my parents and siblings– it wouldn’t be a distraction from me doing what I love which is the football and academics.”
Only recently, Head-of-State, Dr Irfaan Ali, announced that the Government of Guyana will be keen on partnering with the country’s athletes who have business aspirations, in order to help them charter a course for life after calling time in their respective sport, or even during their playing career.
HEADING TO NCAA D1
While at LSU Eunice, Garrett gained a Diploma in Rehab Science. But while on his impressive run with the Bengals during their Junior Collegiate run, Head Coach of the Chicago State University, Trevor Banks, spotted the Guyanese defender and would soon make an offer to join their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division One programme. “On the school aspect, I just gained a full scholarship to Chicago State University and I’m going to take that opportunity regardless, because at the end of the day, academics is something people can’t take from you,” Garrett proclaimed. Despite still focusing on his academic and playing career, Garrett believes that it’s important for him to get his “business up-and-running and make the best of this opportunity.” If it all works out, Garrett will be teaming up with his fellow club and country-mate, 19-year-old Nicholas McArthur, who would’ve also recently accepted a ‘Full Ride’ to Chicago State. Garrett wore the captain’s armband for Guyana at every youth international tournament during his time and made his senior men’s national team debut when he featured for the Golden Jaguars in their 2 – 1 defeat to Indonesia in Jakarta.