Tevin Foundation launched

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Three months after the tragic death of Under-19 Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Tevin Robertson, plans are being put in place to establish a foundation in his name his coach and family to assist young persons in sports.

The 19-year-old was an inspiration and role model to scores of young sportsmen in his community and environs. 

With this in mind the Tevin Robertson Cricket Foundation (TRCF) was developed. It is aimed at empowering and providing support to sportsmen and women across the country and remembering the young cricketer.

In addition to Robertson’s relatives those who have also assisted in developing the foundation include; his coach Amin Forgenie, and his former Spanish teacher Allison Rebeiro. 

On March, 29, Robertson died on the spot when his vehicle crashed into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gasparillo. Robertson, of Matilda Road, Princes Town, had been staying at a camp in Tunupuna with other members of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 cricket team for training. 

On the morning of the accident he was returning to Tunupuna after dropping off a female friend. The teenager died on the spot. Robertson was the son of Earl Robertson and Rhea St John. News of Robertson’s death shocked the nation as he was described as a role model and excellent cricketer.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday Robertson’s aunt Nicole St John said that the foundation was launched as an initiative to ensure that Robertson and the names of many young role models will continue to live on. 

“The foundation is also meant to be a source of comfort to parents and loved ones and to provide support, to educate, and to refer to other relevant bodies where necessary...”said St John. 

She said her nephew was an aspiring cricketer with big dreams and touched the hearts of anyone he came into contact with. “Tevin (Robertson) was a humble, respectful young man with a passion for life and cricket,” she said. 

Robertson was on the verge of making his debut for TT senior team and played with PowerGen Cricket Club and Moosai in the domestic cricket leagues. 

“We have lost many young people in our society to drugs, alcohol and criminal activity, but we remember Tevin Kerron Robertson as one of those intent on making a positive difference...” St John said. 

St John said that the (TRCF) is also guided by the core values of effective communication, mutual respect, tolerance and appropriate expectations, noting that young persons would be taught the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for their growth and development. 

The mission statement of the TRCF) is ‘Empowering young people to achieve significantly in life through cricket. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 08:33