February 24, 2012
February 22 was the 280th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, and in his home state of Virginia, teachers from Henrico County celebrated by discovering a game that was played by Washington's troops during the American Revolution. USYCA President Jamie Harrison was joined at Springfield Park Elementary School by local cricketer Mohomed Azeez, who has children in Henrico County Public Schools.
After the teachers enjoyed food and beverages supplied by the owner of India K. Raja, Tony Sappal, the teachers heard from Azeez, who also presented a cricket video. Harrison then gave a brief history of cricket in America and explained the basics of the game designed for elementary school students. The teachers were then divided into two teams and were soon playing against each other, learning the game and asking questions freely during the match. Afterwards, each participant was given a free “American Cricket Champ” set to be used at his or her school.
Benita Turner, Health, Physical and Driver Education Specialist of HCPS, the coordinator of this event, was very pleased with the enthusiasm of the attendees and is highly optimistic of the future of cricket at HCPS. Another, larger rollout to HCPS PE teachers is planned for October.
In a related devlopment, the Tuckahoe YMCA has agreed to conduct an educational session on cricket for area parents and children on March 24, which is National Youth Cricket Day. It is hoped that this will lead to a YMCA summer cricket program in Henrico County.