January 10, 2011
The Baltimore Cricket and Social Club, already the 2010 champions of
Washington Cricket League's Division II, have made the commitment to be
champions of another sort - champions of youth cricket.
The club recently donated matching gifts of $100 to the United States
Youth Cricket Association and $100 to the Maryland Youth Cricket
Association. In recognition and appreciation, the USYCA has granted the
club immediate Associate Member status. USYCA President Jamie Harrison,
who spoke at the club's annual awards banquet, recalled previous
examples of the clubâ€™s warm and open spirit.
"The Baltimore Cricket Club has, from the very beginning, been ready
to support youth cricket," Harrison said. "From my earliest days with
Cardinal Gibbons cricket, club members, including Gregory Alleyne,
President Lawrence Wynter and Secretary Megan Godfrey have been eager to
get behind what we were doing. Their vision and generosity have made
our success possible, and I am proud to call them my friends."
Wynter sees the connection between the work of USYCA and his club's future.
"I think it's important for the growth of
cricket in America," Wynter said. "USYCA represents the youth, and the
potential for growth is limitless if we support the youth. We also think
that this is good ground for recruitment in the future."
Secretary Megan Godfrey agrees that supporting USYCA is in the best interests of cricket clubs.
"I think that all cricket clubs in the USA should invest in this
sport, because there are not enough kids migrating from countries that
play cricket to the USA," Godfrey said. "With a youth program, clubs
would be able to recruit younger people to its organization."
USYCA offers to help any cricket club develop a youth program of its
own, and also wishes to partner with cricket clubs in expanding its
Schools Program. Clubs wishing to show their support of youth cricket
can also become Associate Members of USYCA with only a $50 donation.