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California Cricket Academy (CCA) has launched its annual outreach by offering free informational sessions for kids aged 6 and higher.
The first of the three free sessions was held on February 12th and drew 50 kids according to the organizers. The two remaining sessions will be held on February 19th and 26th from 9 AM until Noon (Pacific) at the Dilworth Elementary School at 1101 Strayer Drive, San Jose, CA 95129.
To make it fun for the boys and girls, the CCA Cricket Festival, as the outreach initiative is called, will have booths and areas set up where attendees are introduced to cricket rules and get hands-on experience with fielding, bowling and batting. Children who visit all the booths earn a prize.
"It will be a good way to get them started," Hemant Buch, founder of CCA told the Cupertino Courier. The cricket academy will provide snacks, drinks and all the equipment needed for all participants. "Anyone who comes will have a good time," Buch said.
The festival is open to both boys and girls, no equipment is needed, and it is free! Visitors can participate in one session or all three. "[The kids'] energy is channeled into the right direction, into something constructive,” Ajay Athavale, president of the CCA, told the Cupertino Patch. CCA is also reaching out to the mainstream. Those curious about cricket and want to experience the sport first-hand are also welcome to give it a shot. In the words of Mahesh Nihalani, CCA Advisory Board member: “I think it's one game that brings in so much of sportsmanship and team spirit that it builds that bond between people.”
For more information, please visit www.calcricket.org
or call 408.420.7121 or 408.777.9983.