On Wednesday July 25th, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore presented a cheque for $5,000 to Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club at the Marconi Club during their weekly meeting to support youth cricket development in Sault Ste. Marie.
The money will go towards providing elementary and secondary schools in the city and district with ‘quick cricket’ equipment and provide professional coaching sessions for teachers and others interested in coaching cricket.
Hariram Mukundan, President, Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club said “This generous donation will provide a fantastic opportunity for all elementary and secondary schools in the area to have a go at cricket. We thank the Kiwanis Club Lakeshore for their support in making our ambition of introducing a new sport to hundreds of youngsters’ one step closer. We are looking forward to our continuous partnership with various organizations in our community and hope others will get on-board to sponsor our initiatives as well.”
Matthew Stickles, Secretary and Head of Youth Cricket, Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club said “For any young person growing up, staying healthy and active is vital. Cricket is a low cost sports that anyone can try, whilst promoting important skills like throwing, catching and hitting as well as essential life skills like teamwork and leadership”
Mary Hewgill, President, Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore said “We are very excited to be supporting SSMCC and their initiative of introducing cricket in the elementary and secondary schools. It is another great opportunity to participate in a physical activity and learn something new. It’s an investment in our children and community that will compliment our recent sponsorships, like the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore Disk Golf Course, the Belleview Park Splash Pad Shelter and the Kiwanis Korner of Environmental and Ecology Exhibits at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.”
Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Ontario and Canada and we want to continue to grow it in Sault Ste. Marie through youth development. It is a bat-and-ball game traditionally played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs before the opposition get you out. There are various forms of cricket that can be played for 5 days to now short forms that can last 1-2 hours, which is played in Ontario.
Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club (SSMCC) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2013 with a governing board with mission, vision and values and is currently a standing member of Cricket Ontario. SSMCC has regular season competition in both winter and summer with multiple teams from out of town including teams from Ontario, Quebec and Michigan.
SSMCC has seen excellent success and growth in recent years with the support of volunteers, sponsors and the city recreation department. The club is focused on development both in building its Youth and Adult teams. We have an established indoor and outdoor league with pool of over 50 players. The club provide opportunity for its players to explore their interest in Cricket both recreationally and competitively.
The cricket club meets to play cricket each Wednesday and Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Cricket Field, Churchill Blvd near John Rhodes Community Centre and invites anyone interested to come along to practices or email: [email protected] for further information and check our Facebook page @ssmcricketclub.