The RSSR Football Academy, which celebrated its 20th anniversary recently, became the latest beneficiary of the Reach for the Stars Foundation, an organization set up to promote activities that foster community building initiatives for a safe, secure and disciplined society.
RSSR, named after local football icons Russell Tesheira, Selris Figaro, Reynold George and Sam Llewellyn, by its founders Ruthven Charles and Dexter Harris, caters for the sporting needs of young men and women in the John John, Beetham and surrounding communities in POS.
It handed out tokens to a number of influential persons in its 20-year history at its anniversary ceremony at the President's Booth of the Queen's Park Oval, and Karen Nunez-Tesheira, widow of Russell Tesheira who set-up the foundation, had promised she would help the club.
Nunez-Tesheira, who is also a former Minister of Finance for the PNM Government, honoured her commitment by presenting a cheque for $10,000 to the Academy to honour the unswerving generosity of her late husband. Tesheira (Russell) died in 2004 after a medical procedure went wrong. He was a former national football captain.
In making the presentation Nunez-Tesheira said her husband relished his work in these communities and would have been very proud that the Academy has survived and, in fact, is striving after 20 years.
The cheque was received by Ruthven Charles, founder and president, and Dexter Harris, co-founder and vice president, of the RSSR Academy.
Afterwards, Charles assured Nunez-Tesheira her husband's memory is indelible in the community of which he was a part. He further assured that the funds would be ploughed into the academy's extensive work being undertaken with its Under-15s, u-20s, North Zone and Super League teams.