March 2011 Volume 8

George T Fund Increases number of awards for 2010/11

Dr. Glen Laman
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The George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund issued two additional awards recently to bring the total awards for the 2010 – 2011 academic year to six. Four awards were made last summer.

The latest recipients are Rolando Berch who is attending Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and Gifton Wright who was KC’s representative at the recent Jamaica National Spelling Bee championships.   Gifton’s award goes to help defray his coaching fees for the championship.

The KC Old Boys’ Association (GA) Inc. established the George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2008 in recognition of his remarkable life of dedication to Kingston College.

George Thompson was a legendary football coach who attended Kingston College from 1947 to 1952; he played football and later returned as the school’s football coach.  He coached football at KC from 1964 to 1966 and from 1974 to 1982. His teams were triple champions --Manning Cup, Walker Cup and the Olivier Shield—in 1964, 1965 and 1975. He went on to become coach of the Jamaican National Football team from 1970 to 1974.

George "T" is remembered not only for his talent as a player and coach but also for his selflessness and dedication to the well being of his players, his school and his country.

An attitude of service to others distinguished George Thompson from ordinary people.  He will forever be remembered as a “great, quiet man, constant and consistent” who “launched many a career, changed many a life without any expectations of reward – just the satisfaction that he had helped another brother.”

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