UWI Vice-Chancellor and former cricketer Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has been honored in the U.S.
Sir Hilary recently completed a series of public engagements in Hartford Connecticut, which saw him receiving several honors.
First, on Tuesday February 28, Sir Hilary was given the prestigious Amistad Award from Central Connecticut State University, in honor of his outstanding contributions to historical knowledge and the struggle for human rights and social justice.
Then on March 2nd, Mayor of Hartford Luke Bronin, declared “Sir Hilary Beckles Day” citing his continued “global service in social justice, peace, and sustainable development”.
And 5 days later (March 7), Sir Hilary was inducted into the U.S. Cricket Hall of Fame. The honor was in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the advancement of West Indies and world cricket as an administrator, scholar, and innovator.
Of his many accomplishments, Sir Hilary is responsible for creating and chairing The CLR James Cricket Research Centre, the Sagicor West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) High Performance Centre, the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) team, the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial lecture series, and commissioning the picturesque 3Ws Oval at UWI.
Sir Hilary authored and edited several books on cricket and players in the Caribbean region. He is also the only player in the history of the Barbados Cricket Association to top the runs and wickets tally in the same season.
He also served as director of the WICB, chairman of the Barbados National Sports Council, and Vice President of the London based Commonwealth Sports Ministers Advisory Committee.