Kingston, Jamaica – Tuesday, 11th July, 2017: Just ahead of their nine-wicket victory over India on Sunday at Sabina Park, members of the West Indies Cricket Team visited Boys’ Town in West Kingston to host a workshop for a group of young cricketers, as well as to take a tour of Bob Marley’s Culture Yard in Trench Town.
Speaking at the workshop, popular batsman Rovman Powell noted, “I started playing cricket to make a name for myself and I’m just a young man from St. Catherine. So I wanted to help encourage these young men and show them that they can also do the same, once they put in the work that’s necessary to fulfill their potential.”
Powell was addressing a group of fifteen young cricketers, aged 12-15, some of who are currently playing for Boys’ Town in the Under-13 Cricket League. Powell’s teammates, Kesrick Williams, Kyle Hope, Miguel Cummings, Ashley Nurse and Sunil Ambris also took the opportunity to share their own stories and give the young men key tips and tricks of the trade during a quick friendly match on the field.
One promising young cricketer, Taje Ellis, who attended the workshop, was especially delighted to meet his role models, Miguel Cummings and Keswick Williams.
“I really enjoyed this workshop today, trust me,” shared Ellis. “I have always wanted to meet Cummings and Williams and to get the chance to sit and talk to them one-on-one was really amazing. I really learnt a lot from them and I am very happy that they took the time out to come and talk to us today.”
CEO of the Boy’s Town Club, Trevor Smith, was also delighted at the visit from the West Indies team, which had been organized by long-time sponsors, Digicel. “Over the years, Boys’ Town has honed some great talent and this won’t stop anytime soon. Initiatives like this represent the kind of support that we need and having companies in the private sector like Digicel, coming in and helping us to mentor the youth with sports and culture is excellent. There is no better way to do it and we’re very thankful that they chose to get involved in this way.”
Boys’ Town is home to renowned Jamaican cricketer Collie Smith, and over 31 musicians, including the legendary Bob Marley. Digicel has been a lead sponsor of the West Indies cricket team for over a decade.