CRY Raises Funds through Cricket

Press Release: Boston, May 23, 2017 – Sanjay Yengul: On Sunday evening, just as the Mumbai Indians started their innings in the IPL final against the Rising Pune Supergiants in India, another final was getting underway several time-zones to the west near Boston. ECC Hoickers took on Grafton Cricket Club in the final match of CRYket 2017, a cricket tournament organized by Child Rights and You (CRY) America’s Boston Action Center (AC). “The timing was actually a lucky coincidence”, said Sanjay Yengul, Boston’s AC Lead, “we planned our tournament in mid-May to avoid the busy summer cricket season in Boston, but we are thrilled that interest in cricket is at a fever pitch right now.”

It was a lovely Sunday morning at Nelson Park in North Grafton, MA and the final match was a culmination of three days of cricketing action between six participating teams – the other four being the Holliston Panthers, Bajrangi Boys, Legacy Lions and the Worcester Speedsters. Hoickers and Grafton topped their respective groups in the group phase, and then using tight bowling and the depth of their batting line-ups, went on to win their semi-finals earlier on Sunday morning, leading to the anticipated final match-up.

CRYket, a play on words between CRY and cricket, was a brainchild of CRY’s NY/NJ Action Center. What could be better than playing cricket? It is playing CRYket for a cause! The teams joined hands to help CRY towards its vision of a just world where every child regardless of gender, class and caste enjoys some  fundamental rights. CRY supports healthcare, education and protection from exploitation and abuse – so that every child can develop to their full potential. “I first learned about CRYket at the CRY volunteer conference in Dallas”, said Sanjay, “and when I returned to Boston, I knew exactly the right man to call.”  Shripad Nandurbarkar loved the idea and took on the challenge of organizing Boston’s first CRYket tournament. Within a couple of weeks he had signed up the six teams and tournament planning began in earnest. Sameera Palkar joined as Boston’s new IT and Social Media lead, CRY trustee Edward Remias and graphic designer Jay Dornadul provided timely help from San Diego, Sharad Joshi advised from New York, and Supritha Shetty in Mumbai helped with the T-shirts and social media. Through enthusiastic outreach from players like Ravi Dasari and young volunteers like Nandini Basavaraj, seven sponsors stepped forward to support CRYket 2017 – Boston.

Through event revenues, sponsorships and a fundraising campaign, the event has raised over $6500, all of which will go to CRY America Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002. CRY supports projects all over India and a few in the US that strive to provide equal opportunities to underprivileged children so that they too can realize their dreams. CRY also works very hard to stop child-labor, child-trafficking and other forms of child-abuse because all children have the right to a happy childhood.

With the help of a mid-innings surge in the final match, the Hoickers were able to post an imposing total of 94 runs in 15 overs. Grafton’s Ajay Dubey, who went on to win Best Batsman for his performance in the previous three games, fell early to a disciplined Hoickers attack. With a steady loss of wickets, Grafton fell well short of the target and were bowled out for 62. Custom designed trophies crafted by NEC Trophies were presented by our sponsors: Anand Dhingra of New England – Kids, Sunny Savalia from Temptations Cakes, Roxanne Alford from TEKsystems, Rekha Devalla from Great Looks Threading Spa and Rajan from RealtorSatish.com. Tournament favorites ECC Hoickers proudly lifted the CRYket 2017 – Boston Champions trophy, with Grafton coming in 2nd, and the Bajrangi Boys finishing in 3rd place with a win over the Speedsters. Grafton’s Ramesh Sethuraman won Man of the Series and Hoickers’ Sarath Madala won Best Bowler. Ravi Dasari, Rashmi Nandurbarkar, Ronita, Kalyani, Ramesh and Alden DoRosario were awarded the Child Rights Champions trophy for their outstanding commitment to CRY’s cause. Indeed, every player, volunteer and sponsor that contributed to the success of CRYket 2017- Boston deserves that moniker. Some photos and videos here.

Until May 31st you can contribute and support the event on the campaign page for CRYket Boston. CRY Boston’s next event will be the annual 5km Walk/Run for Child Rights coming soon in Fall 2017. It is CRY’s signature event of the year, so stay tuned, and if you would like to volunteer and be a part of the Boston Action Center, write to us at: cryboston@gmail.com

About CRY America:

CRY, Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRY America) is a 501c3 non profit that is driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. With the support of over 25,153 donors and 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has impacted the lives of 660,632 children living across 3,350 villages and slums through support to 73 Projects in India and USA.

For more information about CRY America or CRYket 2017, visit www.america.cry.org, email support@cryamerica.org or call 617-959-1273.