Source: News Bharati English16 Oct 2016 16:53:59

Jersey City, Oct 16: The sixth edition of 'Sports for Sewa Cricket' charity tournament was a huge success, raising $50,000 for the organization's Sponsor a Child' program, which focuses on educating underprivileged children in India. 

According to Sewa International, this year's event concluded on September 25th and saw the participation of 1,000 attendees and 64 teams, 50 volunteers and received the support of a dozen sponsors.

Jersey City and Hudson County officials lent their support in planning the event.  Freeholder William O' Dea, City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Councilman John Hallanan and Deputy Director of Recreation Joseph Macchi were among the guests of honor. The event was supported by a bevy of local community sponsors with TEK Systems and Vatan. 

Played with a hard tennis ball, the 8-a-side event has evolved into the single largest charitable cricket endeavors in the United States. Some participating teams were from areas as far away as Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, proof of the growing popularity of this event. 

On the field, NY Strikers from Whiteplains emerged as the champions defeating Rutherford Rangers.  Prakash Shah, a member of the winning team exclaimed, “Sewa tournaments have always been an amazing experience! We entered this tournament 4 years ago and winning it this year amongst 64 teams is an awesome experience. This victory certainly boosted our confidence and we will be back again next year to support Sewa and defend our win.”

"They say if you practice hard and focus you can beat any team - and that is what NY Strikers did. Rather than being a one man show, in each of their 6 games in the tournament, a different player stepped up and brought victory for his team.”

Thanking the sponsors, city officials and participants for their support, Ravi Chandra Chakinala, President of the NY Metro Chapter of Sewa, concluded the event by listing various ongoing service activities Sewa has been involved with all over the US. He also announced that, aside from teams and sponsors, the Sewa volunteers collectively raised $25,000, enough to educate over 100 Indian children for a year.

With months of arduous planning and logistical impediments leading to the tournament being handled by the army of Sewa volunteers with tremendous ease, it was another feather in the cap for Sewa International’s NY Metro Chapter. 

This year the crowds were packed not just with cricket enthusiasts, but also with families that brought their kids to enjoy the picnic atmosphere which included Indian food, volleyball nets and an energetic dhol performance by Jai Bharat Dhol Tashaa Pathak. The participants also benefited from free health checkups conducted by Jersey City Medical Center.