October 8, 2010
On October 4, USYCA President Jamie Harrison brought cricket to Eldersburg Elementary in Carroll County, Maryland. Due to inclement weather outside, the
presentation was held inside the school's gym, which was no problem for
the easily adaptable Schools Program. Jamie was there at the
invitation of Debbie C. Buenger, one of Eldersburg's two PE instructors
and the 2008 NASPE National Teacher of the Year.
The children took to cricket quickly and
enthusiastically, as each class only needed a quick overview of the
game before they were up and playing. Ms. Buenger and the school's
other PE instructor, Billy Kavalos, were very welcoming hosts. They
have committed to making cricket a regular part of the school's PE
As an additional bonus, the cricket presentation was observed by
Linda Kephart, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Carroll
County Public Schools. Ms. Kephart was so impressed with the USYCA
Schools Program that she immediately invited Jamie to present it to all
county physical education teachers on February 22 at an in-service
event at Winters Mill HS.
In a follow-up email, Ms. Kephart said, "Cricket is a great striking
and strategy sport that can be enjoyed by students of all ability
levels... what a great addition this will be to our physical education
One of the sessions from that morning was videotaped by school staff and is available on the USYCA YouTube site.