On Sept 14th, NE Warriors chased down a good total to beat Bhagat XI A in the finals to win 13th annual IDRF “Cricket for a Cause” tournament in Nashua, NH. 24 teams participated in this six-a-side tournament, helping IDRF’s Boston volunteers raise about $7,500. The tournament was sponsored by the Hope Foundation of Concord, Avco Consulting Inc, and Ashok Patel of Jamison hotels in Waltham.
Each team of 6 pays a fee of $150 and plays 6-over games round-robin, then proceeds through several knock-out rounds. Games are played with hard tennis balls and are played in a fun environment while maintaining a competitive edge. The players braved the hot and humid weather and put up their best show. NE Warriors, captained by Sabeeh, won in its first time participating. While most of the participants are students from area universities, working professionals also enthusiastically participate in the tournament.
With 10 hours of play each day and the threat of rain looming, organizers have often had to pray for good weather and contend with numerous scheduling requests from participants. Each game takes an hour and needs two umpires, a scorer and an field coordinator. Over the years, countless well-wishers of IDRF and cricket enthusiasts have generously helped the core IDRF volunteer team conduct the tournament. 4 volunteers for every one-hour game , 13 years of cricket tournaments: it gives you an idea of immense hard work by the volunteers.
All the proceeds from this year’s cricket tournament went go to the Uttarakhand Relief & Rehabilitation Program.
In 2002, cricket funds helped the Ekalavya Ashram of Andhra Pradesh build additional floor in its residential school for tribal children. In another year, Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratisthan in Solapur, Maharashtra, used cricket funds to set up a vocational training institute for nomadic tribal people, and in anothe year, IDRF helped Vanavasi Ashram Trust in Wayanad, Kerala with the boarding, lodging, and educational expenses of tribal children.