Sports have always been the Great Equaliser at Boys’ Town. Father Sherlock loved all types of physical activity and as a keen and talented cricketer he used sports to bond with the boys and as a personal development tool. Sherlock was a good coach and player, who would play as part of the Boys’ Town Cricket Teams. Karl Goodison notes that “He used sports to bring about changes in values and attitudes.” Locksley Comrie, who later managed the senior teams, explains: “The boys learned to be gracious losers and to congratulate their opponents when they did well. They were encouraged to play as a team and support each other to the end.
In the late 60s the YMCA became co-ed and since Boys’ Town was under the ‘Y’ it followed suit. Following in the Boys’ Town sports tradition, the girls developed strong football and netball teams. Though the women’s football team had not existed for a number years, the Sherwin Williams women’s league played again in the 2014 season.
Talented players come from all over Kingston to play sports at Boys’ Town. At the root, sports is used as something to improve the human experience. Similar to any other Premier League team, not everyone is fortunate enough to benefit financially, but the development as a whole person is priceless. Today, Boys’ Town offers the following leagues: