March 12, 2012
C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association President Paul Hensley presents USYCA
President Jamie Harrison with the Comfort Award
At its Annual General Meeting on March 11, the C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association honored USYCA President Jamie Harrison with the Comfort Award. The Comfort Award, named in honor of Dr. Howard Comfort, is given by the C.C. Morris Library Association to individuals whose activities, both on and off the field of play, represent the highest levels of sportsmanship and personal character long associated with the sport of cricket.
"I am deeply moved by the presentation of this prestigious award, which I share with all those who have joined with me in the USYCA movement," said Harrison. "The C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association has supported youth cricket for many years, and it embraced the USYCA vision from the beginning.
"Without the faith and generosity of the Association, youth cricket would be in a far less advantageous position today," Harrison said.
Dr. Comfort played a key role in the establishment of the Library Association, and was a lifelong player and supporter of cricket in the United States, spending four years with the Haverford College XI as an undergraduate from 1921 to 1924, including a tour to Canada in 1923 and to England in 1925. He served as coach of the Haverford College team for nearly three decades and was regarded with great affection and respect by a large number of Haverford cricketers who remained in awe of his good length bowling and straight bat for many years after his retirement. Comfort was a member of the Cricket Society in England, the Marion Cricket Club, the 40 Club of Canada and was a foreign associate of the M.C.C.
A world-famous archaeologist, Comfort was also a member of the faculty of Haverford College as Assistant Professor of Classics, and served as Chairman of the Department of Classics for eleven years.