May 14, 2012
The Old Greenwich Riverside (CT) Community Center (OGRCC) is partnering with the Mad Dogs Cricket Club and USYCA to offer a new youth cricket program in Greenwich. The five-week instructional program will be held on Sunday mornings, May 20 - June 24, and is available for youths between the ages of 9-12.
Participants will learn the rules, principles and customs of the game, including fundamental batting, bowling and fielding skills, and gain hands-on experience through friendly scrimmage matches.
The USYCA donated the equipment needed to offer the OGRCC program and will have its local members conduct the sessions in partnership with members of the Greenwich Mad Dogs Cricket Club, which features players from Ghana, England, India and Australia.
"We had heard about the USYCA and the youth programs they have managed in Stamford, Groton and other towns in Connecticut and felt that we would have enough interest to run a similar program in our town," said Greg McLaughlin, a member of the OGRCC Board of Directors. "We contacted both the USYCA as well as members of the Greenwich Mad Dogs Cricket Club to solicit their help in forming the OGRCC Cricket program.
"The USYCA was very generous to donate the equipment as well as offer their time to provide instructors for the program, and members of the Mad Dogs were also enthusiastic about helping us launch the program as well," said McLaughlin.
The Mad Dogs are longtime supporters of the USYCA mission, donating the proceeds of last year's New York Ashes match to USYCA. The Mad Dogs have also confirmed that
100% of the funds raised at the 22nd Annual NY Ashes match, which is
scheduled for June 24, will go to USYCA again this year.
The OGRCC program will take place on Sunday mornings from 8:30am-10:00am at North Mianus School.
For more information about the OGRCC Instructional Cricket program or to register online, go to www.myogrcc.org.