9th September, 2023 – Tarouba:  Five hundred (500) young people are all in for the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League (CPL) thanks to Bank’s Power to Make a Difference (PMAD) and The Heroes Foundation.  Filling the stands at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy with youthful excitement, energy, and rhythm, young people from fourteen (14) secondary schools, community groups, and children’s homes united in their shared curiosity and passion for cricket.

Championed by the Heroes Foundation, this initiative is designed to expose children and youth to experiences beyond their regular environment, while fostering relationship-building and a sense of community within a fun and safe space.  The Heroes Foundation empowers children and youth to find the hero within themselves to overcome life’s challenges and collaboratively enhance their communities and country.  They achieve this through a blend of long-term development and mentorship programmes, facilitating access to life and technical skills development opportunities, and empowering youth to spearhead education and behaviour change projects in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Brian Lara with young cricket fans at the SAVE launch with the Heroes Foundation

Heroes Foundation particiants at the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League

Lawrence Arjoon, CEO of The Heroes Foundation, shared his thoughts on the impact of this collaboration:

“Many of the young people joining us this weekend may not have had the chance to experience international events like the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League on their own. For some, this is their very first major event outside their immediate community. We are deeply grateful when partners such as Republic Bank and CPL recognise the immense value and lasting impact such opportunities have on the lives of our young generation.”

Arjoon further elaborated on the event’s significance, stating,

“Bringing together diverse groups and individuals with whom we work allows them to uncover commonalities and shared interests while fostering national pride and unity. These CPL games offer them a platform to celebrate, share, and learn together while establishing connections for future collaborations through our programmes, youth-led projects, and their personal interests. This weekend is all about enabling cricket-loving youth from across our nation to witness the potential that can be unlocked in the sport through perseverance, commitment, and dedication. It also provides them with a glimpse into the array of skills and talents required to support grand events like this, from officials and medical personnel to ground support, creative performers, and professionals in hospitality, media, logistics, security, and many other important functions they see. Together, we are inspiring young minds to dream big and appreciate the significance of teamwork, professionalism, and kindness in every facet of life.”

Hard at work – Brian Lara and Heroes Foundation CEO at the SAVE launch

Reena Panchorie (Republic Bank), Lawrence Arjoon (Heroes) and participants at the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League

Reena Gopaul, Manager, Group Brand Management, Group Marketing and Communications at Republic Bank, offered insight into the collaboration, saying,,

“Given our substantial investment in the future of cricket as the Title Sponsor and Official Bank of the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League and our flagship Power to Make A Difference corporate social responsibility initiative, it was only natural that we marry the two to create an unforgettable and impactful experience for these children. This partnership with the Heroes Foundation is just one of the many ways in which we aim to foster youth development and enrichment through sport via our PMAD programme”.

Republic Bank PMAD and The Heroes Foundation are proud to be driving positive youth engagement and grateful for the partners helping to share brighter futures for the Caribbean through the power of sports and community.


  • D Eastern Cricket Academy
  • Diego Martin North Secondary School
  • El Dorado Police Youth Club
  • Heroes Generation to Generation Council
  • Marabella North Secondary School
  • Mayaro Past Student’s Association
  • Mayaro Secondary School
  • Sangre Grande Development Foundation
National Queens with children at the Brian Lara and Heroes Foundation SAVE launch

Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago with Heroes participants at the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League

  • Shockers Sports Club, Guayaguayare
  • Siparia Deltones
  • Siparia Police Youth Club
  • Dominic’s Children’s Home
  • James Police Youth Club
  • The Heroes Foundation Child Friendly Spaces
  • WHYFarm
National Queens with children at the Brian Lara and Heroes Foundation SAVE launch

Stephon Flemine with Heroes particants at the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League

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