Students Out On The Pitch ~ Playing Cricket in NYC

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In recognition of the fact that many of its students come from cultures totally unfamiliar with sports like baseball, football, and basketball, New York City's Department of Education has added cricket to its list of athletic offerings.  The response is overwhelming. Instead of the expected 4 to 5 teams, 14 schools have formed teams. 600 students are involved. The 14 teams are split into two leagues, each team will play 12 matches, and there will be a championship in May.

New York City, more than many other areas in our nation, experiences a great deal of immigration. Through out history, wave after wave of immigrants have come to New York to start new lives. In recent times, many of the ethnic groups to arrive in numbers in New York have been from the Caribbean and South Asian.

Being an immigrant is difficult. Things that the native population take for granted can seem very strange and alien to new immigrants. That is the situation faced by immigrant students in New York City's public schools. Sports, which are such a positive and integral part of the American school experience, are an uncomfortable challenge for many of the new population. Young people from the Caribbean and South Asia have not played baseball, basketball, and football in peewee leagues. The have not spent hours watching baseball, basketball, and football on television. They have not played pickup games of baseball, basketball, and football in back yards and in local parks. Their sports experience is different. Cricket is their game.

In the past the term used to describe blending of cultures in our nation was "melting pot," but now our multi-ethnic society is more accurately described as a "mixed salad."  In a "mixed salad," each ethnic group brings something special to the mix. Let's toss a little cricket in that salad. It will only make it tastier.

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Teri Eckholm
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Rosario--My son had a Pakistani friend and he played cricket with them in their yard....His friend learned to enjoy baseball too. Sports are a good way of feeling part of the community.
April 08, 2008 09:45 PM
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Rosario Lewis
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Ray -Sometimes what looks like a small change can make an emense difference. Cricket seems to be making one of those differences.
April 08, 2008 09:46 PM
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Rosario Lewis
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Teri - Yes, sharing sporting activities is a great way to break down barriers and bring people together.
April 08, 2008 09:49 PM
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Rosario - First soccer now cricket.  Cricket is a fun game I played as a child, however it has been a while since I have seen a match. It  sure  could be a great icebreaker while having fun.
April 08, 2008 10:22 PM
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Eugene Jones
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I've seen the guys play cricket in the park plenty of times. It appears to be a fun game. Maybe one day it'll go Major League.
April 08, 2008 11:15 PM
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Rosario,

My family is a true melting pot. I and my children are biracial and span many ethnicities as well.  It is nice to see this post and your mixed salad description is on target:-)  New Yorkers get it. 

April 08, 2008 11:24 PM
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Jennifer + Eugene - That's the idea; fun, exercise, and socialization.

Rebecca - I'm glad this post touched you. We have quite a bit of mixing in our family too. 

April 09, 2008 07:29 AM
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Lu Kalaj
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Athletics is a great way to make that salad.  It is good to mix and match.  Thanks for sharing and thanks for commenting on my blog.  Lu

April 09, 2008 08:50 AM
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Lu Kalaj
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Me myself, I don't have an athletic bone in my body.  Track, forget it.  I'm glad you are better at it than I am.  I guess I just don't find it ful filling enough.  Call me crazy.  Have a great day. Lu
April 09, 2008 08:52 AM
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Lu - I'm no athlete either. I'm not much good at anything and tend to not care which side wins, but I do enjoy being active and I enjoy sharing sports experience with others. It can be just plain fun.
April 09, 2008 11:11 AM
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NYC does have a very diverse population. It's great to know that the public school system in NYC is trying to accommodate all, or at least as many as possible.
April 09, 2008 03:33 PM
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Derrick - Here, here.
April 10, 2008 06:40 PM
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Hi Rosario - One of my former LOs was a gentleman originally from India.  He was an enormous Cricket fan, and would talk of it passionately.  He peaked my interest. I sat down and watched some matches on TV (or portions of matches, because they last forever), and it is a wonderful sport,  Having it as an option for children in NYC is a great idea as few things cut across cultural lines and bring people together like sports.  It enables the children from foreign cultures to have a comfort zone and it exposes those who have grown up in America to a fun, traditional form of athletics.

April 10, 2008 08:17 PM
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Steven -The NYC Department of Ed. addressed the problem of the length of cricket matches by restricted school matches to a more manageable length. 
April 10, 2008 08:43 PM
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Rosario, I have never played Cricket but it looks a bit like baseball and I really ought to try it. It looks like a lot of fun.
April 10, 2008 10:07 PM
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Gary - I don't know anything about the rules of Cricket, but it does look like fun.
April 10, 2008 10:12 PM
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Hi Rosario, it is not surprising that NYC would be so diversity and recognize the issues facing students that populate NYC.  This is a great post that speaks to the cities diversity. 
April 12, 2008 10:06 AM
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Gary - NYC is an amazing place.
April 12, 2008 07:46 PM
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Cricket is something that I NEVER would think would catch on - even in a place like NYC...that's really amazing.  Of course it takes a place as diverse as NYC bring a sport like that to the US....maybe it will start a trend across the country. 
April 16, 2008 09:51 PM
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Ruthmarie - It's always a possibility. Look at how soccer has become an all American sport.
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