June 1, 2012
The C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association, one of USYCA's earliest backers, has solidified its support by committing to an annual gift of $500. This support is part of a long term commitment taken up by CCM to develop the playing of cricket by youth in the United States. The Association is also building an endowment for the support of youth cricket, which is expected to start funding grants in either 2014 or 2015.
"The C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association's support of USYCA reflects our ongoing commitment to the objectives of this wonderful organization," said President Paul Hensley. "The C. C. Morris Library Association is pleased to take another step forward with this year's donation and urges others to also step forward with a financial commitment.
"The scale of the USYCA's program is based on their resources. We have been impressed with the USYCA from the first time Jamie Harrison presented his ideas to our Executive Committee. The outstanding results this organization has achieved provides compelling proof that continued support is completely justified," said Hensley.
"USYCA is honored to have the ongoing friendship and support of the C.C. Morris Cricket Library Association," said USYCA President Jamie Harrison. "The Association has been willing to invest in our mission from the outset, and it's safe to say that without their contributions, our work would have been seriously retarded. This committment furthers exemplifies their dedication to the cause of youth cricket in America."
The C. Christopher Morris Cricket Library and Collection is the largest collection of cricket literature and memorabilia in the Western Hemisphere. Its primary efforts focus on preserving the history of the game of Cricket in America in all forms. It is a place where the traditions of this unique game remain as an available part of the American heritage and where new generations may learn. Our members are actively involved with numerous projects to support current and develop new Cricket activities in the US and Canada. The Library sponsors the annual Philadelphia International Cricket Festival and contributed a substantial number of items from its collection to last year's exhibit 'Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect' at Lord's Cricket Grounds in London and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
C.C. Morris members Melissa Heely (far left, top) and Craig Joss (far right, bottom)
pose with 2012 Philadelphia International Cricket Festival tournament champions
Sarasota International Cricket Club. Guest of Honor Paul Harris appears in
the top row, second from the left.