Cricket Combating Crime in L.A.

Incredible story from The Sun: a non-profit engages at-risk youth in Los Angeles by teaching them the virtues of cricket.

Player-coach Ted, 59, said: “We caught these guys in their teens. At that age in Compton they can get into the hardcore gang stuff. The gang situation is like a magnet – it draws them in.

“We have lost a couple. Some have gone back to the streets and two have been killed. We have not only taught them the sport but also the etiquette. Other sports have rules and regulations but there is a superior level of respect in cricket.

“It has a civilising quality. That’s what makes it the king of sports.”

One of the team members elaborate:

Ricardo says of the game that he loves: “You don’t argue with the umpire – you have to have discipline and respect, just like life.”

I’m wary of any story that emphasizes the “civilising” virtues of a sport — let’s not resurrect Kipling or Macauley if we don’t have to, please — but such a strange antidote. Cricket? For gangs? In Los Angeles?

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2 thoughts on “Cricket Combating Crime in L.A.

  1. […] Sun has a story so ridiculous it sounds like it came out of The Onion. A British film producer and a charity worker set up the […]

  2. Hi there,

    We have recently set up Cricket Ireland TV on youtube. See here – http://www.youtube.com/cricketirelandtv & http://www.irishcricket.org . The sole aim of the project is just to raise awareness and support for the great sport of cricket here in Ireland & around the cricketing World. There is a nice mix of viral skills videos, player interviews, tour diaries & celebs backing our boys in green.

    I am wondering if you may be interested in doing a piece on your blog ahead of Ireland’s first game in the world cup on Friday. If you’d like to embed any of the videos onto your site that would be great as well.

    If you need any further information or help with emdedding please don’t hesistate to contact me.

    Kind Regards

    Andrew Leonard
    Cricket Ireland TV
    cricketirelandtv@gmail.com

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