February 5 - Samsung's "Everyone's Olympic Games" campaign brought the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games to Chelsea and Manchester United fans today with the announcement at half-time that Yusuf Jimacale (pictured second left), a member of the London club's Football In the Community (FITC) section, was a nominee for the Torch Relay.
Born in 1991, Jimacale came to Chelsea through the Hammersmith and Fulham Kickz project four years ago.
Immediately Jimacale showed notable leadership skills and began making a positive impact on his peers while gaining relevant coaching qualifications.
Jimacale delivers coaching sessions at local primary schools on a daily basis and provides three evening coaching sessions per week.
Most recently, he made an enormous contribution to an Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust event and was a key member of the volunteer team that organised the World Mental Health Day event at Stamford Bridge.
Since becoming part of Chelsea FITC, Jimacale has demonstrated compassion, provided inspiration, and dedicated his time to young people in his community.
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Worldwide Olympic Partner Samsung has held a worldwide nomination campaign to select some of the 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers.
Sunny Hwang, vice-president and head of global sports marketing at Samsung Electronics said: "In our ambition to make the London 2012 Olympic Games an event for everyone, we have selected potential Olympic Torchbearers from all walks of life and from all around the world.
"As we step closer to the exciting journey, Samsung hopes to share our passion towards London 2012 and congratulates all those who have been offered a conditional Torchbearer place.
"Yusuf's outstanding contribution to the community is the very essence of what the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay represents and we hope he continues to inspire many young people for years to come."
Samsung has also been a Principal Sponsor of Chelsea FITC since 2006 to help fund the programme developing football at grass roots level and taking it into new regions around the world.
Ron Gourlay, chief executive of Chelsea commented: "Our Foundation programmes are designed to encourage people like Yusuf and to support their future ambitions.
"We recommended Yusuf to Samsung because of his unquestionable commitment and dedication to helping others through sports.
"Obviously we're excited to learn that Samsung accepted Yusuf as a Torchbearer nominee."
Commenting on his nomination as Torchbearer, Yusuf said: "I am so excited to be nominated by Samsung and given the opportunity to become one the Torchbearers in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, thanks to Samsung.
"It would be an honour to join the 1000's of other Torchbearers all chosen for their unique stories which have helped and inspired others within their communities."
Sebastian Coe, chair of London 2012, supported the nomination from the stands during the match and commented: "It's great to see Samsung taking the vision of the Olympic Games to supporters of other sports.
"Yusuf is a very deserving nomination and his achievements convey what the Olympic Games are all about: passion, determination and commitment to what you believe in."
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