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Apr 15 2011

Cricket Bats To Swing at NYIT Old Westbury

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 15, 2011) ─ NYIT School of Management students are encouraging friends and faculty to grab some willow bats and “take to the pitch” as they plan NYIT’s first cricket tournament on May 3, to raise funds for a local charity.

Proceeds from sales of tickets ($1 each), food, and bracelets will be donated to the AMT Children of Hope Foundation. The organization promotes “Safe Havens” – public places that accept infants from birth mothers, obtain medical care for them, and put the infants into an adoption process.
The School of Management’s Student Ambassador Program selected AMT Children of Hope as the beneficiary of its fundraiser after researching local charities and meeting representatives of the nonprofit organization.  Venkata Kimidi, a graduate student, said the group originally considered a basketball or tennis event. The idea of a cricket match came to mind as India won the 2011 World Cup earlier this year, an event that found many NYIT students eagerly watching games whenever and wherever they could.
“It’s a passion, it gives us emotion,” says Kimidi, 24, a native of India who has played cricket since he was three years old. “It’s a good game, it’s a gentlemen’s game."
Most of the cricket action occurs in the pitch, a rectangular area with marked creases that sits inside a larger field. 
Individuals can sign up for the tournament by April 24. Before the match, practice sessions (including cricket basics for those who have never played) will be held for all players. To register or purchase tickets, contact Jeannine Francis-Gamble at or 516.686.1175.
“We are looking for participation from the American students and everyone,” Kimidi said. “Once people come to know about the game…it could really be a good thing on campus.”

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