September 30, 2013
On September 14, Indiana Youth Cricket Association held a cricket demonstration at the 2nd annual "Indy Sister City Fest," organized by the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of International and Cultural Affairs. IYCA also participated in last year's event.
The cricket demonstration was just one of the many exciting features of the world sport park festivities in downtown Indianapolis, where cricket interest is rapidly growing, as it is throughout the state of Indiana.
IYCA was invited to be part of this event where world sports were introduced to visitors and youths as attendees and guests had the opportunity to try their hands at cricket without regard to age and knowledge barriers.
Local Indy Legends Cricket Club members Parag Pandya, President, along with Dhaval Patel and Vivek Patel, who are also Indiana certified cricket coaches, led the mini camp with real game excitement designed to challenge all ages.
Pandya said, "Events like these are great way to promote cricket here in Indianapolis along with youth cricket activities. It was an amazing experience for us to be part of the Indianapolis Sister Cities International Festival. We got an opportunity to educate and demonstrate people from various ethnicities about cricket. We saw lot of enthusiasm in the folks who visited the cricket booth to learn this game. If we continue to have events like these I am sure we will take this game to the next stage. We would love to be a part of this next year. Thanks for inviting us."
Jatin Patel said, "Such events help our mission to educate and promote game awareness for the locals, as it gives a great opportunity for those who have never been exposed to cricket to learn. With the many young volunteers with cricket playing experience like Parag Pandya, Dhaval Patel and Vivek Patel, Indiana is on right track for the future expansion in cricket."
IYCA would also like to thank USYCA for providing cricket sets to promote cricket in schools in Indiana, and a special thanks to Mayor Gregory A. Ballard and City of Indianapolis for providing opportunities for the sport of cricket.
Visit http://www.indianacricket.org for information about cricket in Indiana.