The West Indies Retired Players’ Foundation (WIRPF) is a joint initiative of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), and was formed in July 2013.
The West Indies Retired Players’ Foundation seeks to:
- Assist retired West Indies cricketers with life after cricket
- Ensure the cricket skills of retired West Indies cricketers are utilized in a structured manner for the benefit of the game in the region
- Assist retired West Indies cricketers in contributing to the development of the game and the development of players through advice and mentorship
- Provide discounted health care and other assistance to retired West Indies cricketers who have fallen on hard times
- Initiate fund-raising events to support the work of the foundation (including games, workshops, seminars and technical clinics across the West Indies, the diaspora and the wider global cricket community)
- Provide bursaries and scholarships in the names of former players to help aspiring cricketers
The foundation was first chaired by Mr. Brian George, former President and CEO of Supreme Ventures Ltd of Jamaica, and subsequently, Dr. Nigel Camacho. The current chairman is WIPA Director Patterson Thompson.
The first launch event was a golf tournament which took place in Barbados, with the endorsement of the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers. In July 2017, there was a T20 match between former players held at Kensington Park in Kingston, Jamaica. In June 2018, there was a WIRPF vs BCA Legends T20 Challenge in Barbados.
See some of the action here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/westindiesplayers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1486920238039301
For queries or requests, or to make a contribution to the work of the foundation, you may contact the chairman, Mr. Patterson Thompson.