Noted sports administrator Freddie Green dead at 88

By April 13, 2020

Noted Jamaican sports administrator Freddie Green died on Sunday night. He was 88.

Green served as Director of Sports at Mico College from 1960 to 1967, Director of Sports for the University of the West Indies from 1972 to 1992 and Secretary of the Inter-Secondary Sports Association from 1970 until his retirement in 2005.

He was among those instrumental in the merging of the ISSA Boys and Girls Champs back in 1999.

Glen Mills, who spearheaded the merger recalled Green as a stalwart administrator during his time at ISSA.

“He was a professional at the highest level, a man of true professionalism and integrity,” Mills said. “He was central to much of the success ISSA has had and one of the pillars of what it is today. He was a master of sports administration.”

ISSA lauded Green in its statement on his passing saying: "Freddie was the man at the helm of ISSA from 1970 to 2005 when he retired. Mr Green brought order and purpose to whatever he did, getting things done quietly, without fanfare, with steadiness in his role as a sports administrator and educator par excellence. His contribution to sports, in particular track and field, is iconic. He spearheaded the technical team that merged Boys and Girls Championships in 1999. ISSA is proud and indeed blessed to have had the services of Freddie as its general secretary over those years where his work lifted the association to great heights in the running of High Schools Sports islandwide."

Green was also a president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association.

“He loved all forms of sports,” said Mills who said Green generously shared his knowledge with him during his time as a sports administrator.

Green’s love for sports extended all the way back to his days at Kingston College where he was a standout athlete, representing the school in track and field, football and cricket.

KC were champions of all three sports for the 1949-1950 season, and Green had the distinction of being a member of all three teams.  He was a vice-captain of the track and field and cricket teams and captain of the football team during that season.

He would eventually go on to coaching Kingston College to titles in the Manning Cup competition in 1951 and 1952 before leaving for Canada in 1953. He would return to the head coaching position between 1958 and 1960 when KC won the Manning Cup twice. They also won the Olivier Shield.

Green also represented Jamaica in volleyball from 1958 to 1966 and was captain and coach from 1959 to 1962.

Green was awarded the Order of Distinction (OD) by the Government of Jamaica in 2003.

He is survived by his wife Marva and three children.

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