FT. LAUDERDALE – Cricket Council U.S.A. honored the Junior Reserve Officer Training Candidates (JROTC) of Boyd Anderson High School on Wednesday, April 23 for their dedication to the local community and long-term commitment to their country.
Mr. Mahammad A. Qureshi, CEO and Chairman of CCUSA, presented a grant of $2500.00 to Boyd Anderson’s Principal, Mr. Rayfield C. Henderson, and Army JROTC Senior Instructor, Master Sergeant Linda Rivers, as part of CCUSA’s school sponsorship and youth development foundation.
Colonel James Armstrong, Curriculum Supervisor – Junior ROTC – School Board of Broward County, welcomed the recognition and assistance from CCUSA. “We have twenty six ROTC programs throughout the high schools of Broward County. These young people are making very mature and positive decisions about how to improve themselves, their communities and their country. We are thrilled to have them recognized by Cricket Council U.S.A.”
“CCUSA will continue to support the Broward County High Schools in the classrooms and on the athletic fields,” continued Mr. Qureshi. “The mission of Cricket Council USA is to educate, develop and promote the all-around character of the American youth through the sport of cricket. There are valuable life lessons that are learned out on the athletic fields when you are a member of a team – many of these lessons cannot be taught in a classroom. As a result, we will introduce the game of cricket to the high schools in Broward County and reinforce them with the proper coaching and equipment.”
The Cricket Council’s goal is to have cricket teams competing at the high school level next year. Boyd Anderson’s Principal Rayfield Henderson heartily endorsed the assistance of CCUSA. “I agree with Mr. Qureshi, that the sport of cricket would give our students another opportunity to participate, compete and learn as a team. Our goal is to have the first ‘all-girls’ cricket team in the country. That would be a tremendous experience for our students and schools!”
Boyd Anderson High School will also be the point school in the upcoming opening ceremony for a very important moment in American sport’s history – the first international cricket tournament to be played in the first-ever Cricket Stadium in the USA – right here in Broward County – at the Central Broward Regional Park in the City of Lauderhill.
Over Memorial Weekend, May 23,24,25, 2008, international cricket teams from Canada, Pakistan, West Indies and India will compete in this inaugural event – the MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament. Cricket Council USA’s website www.cricketcouncilusa.com has all the schedules of the games and concerts for the weekend activities.