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USACA Announce Blind Cricket Initiative For New York City

Jan. 22nd, 2010
The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) today announced an initiative to launch a program for legally blind and visually impaired cricketers in New York City, and in conjunction with Cricket for Change, a UK based organization that promotes the increasingly popular sport for the visually impaired throughout the world. Blind and visually impaired cricket is now played in more than twenty-five countries worldwide.

A five-man delegation from Cricket for Change, will arrive in New York on Thursday, January 28, for the express purpose of meeting with stakeholders from the sighted cricketing community, as well as representatives of blind support organizations in the New York area. The Cricket for Change delegation will include the former head coach of the England Visually Impaired cricket team and a founding member of the World Blind Cricket Council, Andy Sellins.

New York City was chosen by Cricket for Change, as the most suitable city to help USACA launch the program in the USA. The delegation’s visit is to demonstrate how the sport can be organized at the grass root level. Cricket for Change will return later this year, to train volunteers who will help sustain the growth of the sport in the USA.

Cricket for Change and USACA will hold a joint Press Conference & Welcome Reception at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2010, at Naresa Palace, 116-14 Rockaway, Boulevard, South Ozone Park, Queens, NY. An informative Conference is scheduled for the following morning at 9:00AM at the same venue, while a live demonstration is planned for Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10:00AM at New York Indoor Cricket, 338 East 88th Street, Brooklyn, NY (Corner of Ditmas Avenue).

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