Mission Statement

In 2006, Sobers Holdings Incorporated was founded by Daniel Sobers, Sir Garfield’s son, to manage the GarrySobers Barbados brand. The company’s mission is to create a gateway for all things “Garry Sobers” and to make it possible for his admirers to not only learn more, but have greater access to the man himself. Here also, the youth can learn about Sir Garfield and be inspired and assisted to reach their cricketing potential.

Sir Garry lauded as the greatest ever

Sun, 2010-05-16 17:00

Barbados Advocate
 
IT WAS definitely a night to remember when Sobers Holdings Inc. held a gala dinner in honour of The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers dubbed ‘A Knight to Remember’ at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium last Saturday evening. The proceeds from the charity event, which coincided with the 35th anniversary of Sobers’ knighthood, go toward the Garfield Sobers Foundation. The foundation’s main focus is provision of training facilities and equipment for youngsters involved in cricket.
 
The evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Tony Cozier opened the floor for the night’s speakers, who included Sunil Gavaskar, Vivian Richards and Brian Lara, by painting a scenario of how Sobers would have performed in the ongoing T20 tournament had he been ‘a little bit younger’. “I dare say they (the West Indies team) would have done a lot better”.
 
Former teammate and life-long friend Rev. Wes Hall was on hand to talk about Garry Sobers the cricketer as well as Garry Sobers the man whom he described as the Moses of West Indies cricket as well as the most generous person he knew. He explained that Sobers came to the Windies team at a time when they were the only multi-racial international team and referred to them as the ‘rainbow coalition’. Hall entertained with his customary clever,heavy-worded speech which was well received by the audience.
 
The Johnnie Walker Giant, Sir Vivian Richards, reminisced about the the first time he saw Sir Garry and it’s impact on inspiring him to become a West Indies player. “Just seeing him to the wicket was enough for me. Collar as stiff as anything you could see, and I felt that when you see such guys with such grace if anyone did not want to emulate that particular individual something is totally wrong with your mind.” Richards went on to speak about Sobers’ continued support for charitable causes when he made mention of his involvement in the Johnnie Walker Golf day held at Apes Hill Golf Club earlier that day. The golfers on the day raised US $20 000.00 Diageo’s Learning for Life charity which caters to Latin American and Caribbean communities.
 
The man of the moment was very vocal in showing his gratitude for the evening’s proceedings. “I think that I have had a life so far of satisfaction. I have been able to give back to the game of cricket in my own little way to those who I have loved and have played the game and to my friends who have admired me over the years. To those who have supported me, my family, who are all here tonight, I could not have asked for a better evening”.
 
The star-studded event saw the likes of Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner, Charlie Griffith, Clive Lloyd and Trinidadian footballer Dwight Yorke to name a few, attending the event to show their respect for the cricketing legend. The Garry Sobers Foundation also benefitted from the auction sale of some items including a bottle of King George V Johnnie Walker Blue autographed by Sir Viv and Sir Garry, and an autographed photo of Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Sir Garry and Sir Viv which fetched $3 500.00.