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Indiana's Herron High School Catches Cricket Fever



Received from the Indiana Youth Cricket Association:

Herron High School has rapidly become one of the top public high schools in the country. Herron has been designated a 4-Star School by the Indiana Department of Education, and places in the top 5% of schools nationwide in rankings by Newsweek, U.S. News and the Washington Post.

Herron High School, which is dedicated to providing an exemplary education to scholars, has now decided to introduce America's toughest and challenging sport - cricket. On May 24, more than forty scholars and teachers gathered at Martin Luther King Memorial Park in Indianapolis to learn cricket.

During the 3-1/2 hour long afterschool cricket camp, Jatin Patel of USYCA and INYCA introduced cricket and provided the basics of cricket coaching skills to a group of teachers, who received their certification in "Basics of Cricket."

The cricket camp was hosted by Adrian Pumphrey, a British teacher at Herron High School. After the Introduction to cricket, their Model UN Society organized a cricket match between staff and students to learn more about this game.

"There is no better way to learn cricket and its rules than to play the game," said Patel.

Math teacher Adrian Pumphrey said, "I’m not naturally a cricket coach, but even I know the game now. Showing the students and staff how to play and develop cricket related skills, along with coaching skills, is huge benefit for the teachers. Learning the art of cricket coaching was also very enjoyable and simple to follow."

Malcolm Gilchrist, an AP US History teacher said, "Thank you again so much for all your assistance. It is clear to me now why cricket is such a popular, global sport. I know the kids had a lot of fun as well, and we will have a lot of fun with the set that you gave us. I am also now truly interested in professional cricket, and look forward to watching some matches when possible. Thank you again for introducing this fantastic game to us, and keep up the great work!"

As summer vacation is approaching, Herron High School looks forward to joining Inter-high school competitions beginning next school year, where Indiana already has a number of schools in their lineup.


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