May 16, 2012
CICC's Geoff Roberts with Physical Education teachers from Guilford secondary schools
This spring, Guilford County Schools, in partnership with USYCA and the Charlotte International Cricket Club, offered cricket training to all elementary, middle, and high school physical educators. 44 schools participated in the program, with each receiving a free USYCA American Cricket Champ set. The school system is already planning to expand its cricket program in the fall, and hopes to greatly increase the number of schools participating.
K-12 Physical Education and Health Curriculum Specialist for Guilford County Schools, is very excited about the introduction of cricket into physical education courses.
"There has always been an interest in the sport, however, now with the help of USYCA we have the resources," said Haislip.
Haislip sees many benefits to having cricket become part of the schools' curriculum.
"Cricket, being the second largest sport in the world, will promote discipline, self-assurance, and responsibility among our students," Haislip said. "Students will develop coordination, strength, and decision-making skills as well as provide positive interaction with peers and adults. Cricket will also teach our students the ability to think tactically to overcome an obstacle."
"USYCA is excited to have Guilford County Schools join the national cricket movement, and we look forward to seeing our great game take off in the Greensboro region," said USYCA President Jamie Harrison. "We'd also like to thank Geoff Roberts and the Charlotte International Cricket Club for their tireless efforts in conducting teacher training programs in North Carolina. Without them, great events like this just couldn't happen."