The Sporting Chance Fund
|Cricket Australia begins International Day of People with Disability Celebrations|
|Cricket Australia today will begin its activities to celebrate International Day of People with Disability with a special meet and greet between South Australian State cricketers with a disability and the Australian men’s team prior to training in Adelaide.
International Day of People with Disability, celebrated on 3 December, coincides with Day 2 of the Adelaide Magellan Ashes Test. Fans in attendance will witness many exciting activities to celebrate the contribution made to the game of cricket by people with a disability.
Lord’s Taverners Australia and Cricket Australia will be rattling tins and providing commemorative pins to raise money for the newly formed Sporting Chance Fund. This provides modified games and training programs across schools and clubs, and is aimed at growing cricket participation for young Australians, irrespective of their gender, race, backgrounds or abilities. For those not in attendance for day 2 in Adelaide, you can donate at www.sportingchancefund.org.au
The inspiring Ed Cheesman, who has a physical and intellectual disability and uses special software that allows him to score using only his eyes will pay a visit to the scorer’s box. This software has been rolled out at Ed’s local club (Para Hills Cricket Club) where Ed regularly volunteers as a scorer.
Lord’s Taverners Australia Ambassador Adam Gilchrist said:
“The Sporting Chance Fund is a wonderful initiative between Cricket Australia and the Lord’s Taverners. It’s trying to raise as much money as possible to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to be involved in the game of cricket.
“It’s growing the sport but it’s also providing wonderful chances for these young children to develop that part of their life – to be active, to be outdoors, to be engaged with teammates and to experience a lot of things that may not be afforded to them without this sort of support.”
Lord’s Taverners Australia President Paul Sheahan AM said:
“The Lord’s Taverners are delighted to be Cricket Australia’s lead community partner and to be working with CA to raise money to enhance the opportunities for young Australians with disability to enjoy their sport.
“When you see the looks on the faces of these young people when they are competing, you could believe they were involved in a Test Match, playing for the Ashes – it’s a wonderful experience for everyone.
“The Australian public loves giving to worthy causes and we are sure they will be generous in their support.”
Cricket’s celebration will conclude in Canberra at the 2017 National Disability Awards, where Cricket Australia has been selected as a finalist for its National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC).
The Inaugural NCIC was held in Geelong in January 2017, with Australia’s best blind and vision impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and cricketers with an intellectual disability competing for one of the three titles on offer. The event completes the full cricket pathway for the 23,172 people with a disability currently participating in cricket.
The NCIC featured 15 teams and more than 230 players and was the first time in Australian sport that these three divisions were played as part of one competition.
The next instalment will once again take place in Geelong, from 21-27 January 2018.
The National Disability Awards recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, organisations and initiatives that have improved the lives of people with disability.
About the Sporting Chance Fund
Lord’s Taverners Australia and Cricket Australia have recently formed a community partnership resulting in the creation of the Sporting Chance Fund www.sportingchancefund.org.au
Through the Sporting Chance Fund, Lord’s Taverners Australia and Cricket Australia hope to inject more than $2 million by 2020 into programs which will assist grassroots cricket throughout Australia.
These programs provide opportunities for people with disability to play cricket in modified formats. This encourages social inclusion, a sense of belonging by being part of a team and the pure enjoyment of play.