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Baltimore Cricket Club Steps Up For Youth Cricket

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 club’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.


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