After flying to Barbados from Grenada, Jane and Marv Blackbird gave birth to Chilli De Blackbird on May 18th
, 1989 in a Mangifera Indica Tree at the Cave Hill Campus. Little did both parents know that Chilli would eventually become a Cave Hill Mascot and be loved by all students enrolled at the University.
In his younger days, Chilli found it hard to make friends particularly because his peers were always intimidated by his intelligence but he could always count on his younger brother Chappy for company. Even though he did not attend primary school, it was clear that Chilli was a cut above the other birds. From introducing new nest building techniques to food management ideas, Chilli was destined for great things.
It came as no surprise when he decided to attend the Blackbirds Secondary School to lay his educational foundation. Subsequent to his graduation in 2007, he accepted a scholarship offer at the Blackbird Academy of Arts in the US to study dance, a passion that he identified during his teenage years. Chilli was soaring! He eventually returned to Barbados in 2010 and was convinced to join the Academy of Sport Cave Hill as a mascot to excite supporters. He was a natural at that and seized the opportunity to have fun while earning a living. Chilli began working with the Academy at the 2011 UWI Games and has since made a great impact on the sporting culture on campus.
Chilli is a kind and outgoing individual who makes it his business to spread cheer. At times he misses Chappy who is abroad pursuing his studies but his new found ability to easily make friends at Cave Hill substitutes for that. He is a firm believer in education and is always encouraging his brother and the students whom he meets to excel in their academics as well as sports. He always emphasizes the importance of balancing these two areas. A leader of the Cave Hill Blackbirds!