March 28, 2014
Around 900 students at Riverside Junior High School in Fishers, Indiana were introduced to cricket recently in celebration of National Youth Cricket Day. In the school's PE classes (and wellness program) cricket is a topic in the school’s official curriculum.
Jatin Patel, President of Indiana Youth cricket, 2nd Vice President of USYCA and a Cricket Australia & ICC certified coach (also with ACF) and Parag Pandya, president of Indy Legends, an ACF member club, provided day-long cricket instruction, demonstrating basic cricket skill drills, which were tried by novice scholars learning the game.
The school host team expressed its gratitude. “A great job of showing us many different drills and parts of the game, including how to break down different aspects of cricket and implement these individually in small or large groups.”
The event was tied to National Youth Cricket Day celebrations nationwide.
"It was exciting to see kids playing after this year's hard hit winter, as this is our first cricket event before the spring season starts,” said Patel.
Coaches with the Riverside teachers. From left to right: Heidi Stan, Matt Mayhew, Parag Pandya,
Jatin Patel, Scot Houck, Jamie Andrews (not pictured: Nick Bizila)