Sponsors have long been the collective mainstay, essential to the very foundation of the sports landscape in The Bahamas.
While there are those who, based on their business brand, become synonymous with their contributions, others are not showcased that much. Such as Tommy Stubbs the businessman extraordinaire, do much more than what is attached to his brand. He is the czar of Buttons Bridal and Formal Wear, but, has a strong sports identity many are not aware of.
I knew Stubbs long before he became an affordable stylish wear magnate. In fact, I bridge the generation gap between his father, the taxi driver supreme, and Tommy, the young sports reporter at the Nassau Guardian.
The younger Stubbs is the ultimate sports aficionado, has been an athlete, is a sponsor and promoter. It’s in that latter aspect that he is inclined to put a lot of focus in the immediate future.
Stubbs has been instrumental in the continuity of boxing shows in recent years and he is excited about ramping up his involvement. At the recent Meacher Major career finale, Stubbs expressed great satisfaction with the crowd at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. I got the clear impression that Stubbs will be working closely with his good friend, Major, as the retired one blossoms his boxing legacy through promotions and an outreach program in the Family Islands and Caribbean/Pan Am regions.
The national sports fraternity is enhanced and emboldened by the presence of Stubbs and others of his ilk.
Those who coordinate the sport of boxing in The Bahamas, are fortunate to have Stubbs concentrated on helping to create the kind of activity vibrancy the professional sector of boxing was once known for, through several previous glorious eras.
I salute Stubbs for his dedication to nation building, especially through his various sports-support forums.
Major immediately following his last ring appearance detailed events, two of them for the ending part of this year, stretching through 2019. The expectancy is that Stubbs will be prominently a part of the mix.
Best wishes to him as he goes forth with efforts to assist in crafting another bountiful era for boxing in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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