Edison, NJ -  At its April 10 meeting, the Edison Board of Education received an update from the newly formed Cricket Committee.  The committee, which includes  Board of Education member Shannon Peng, Councilman Ajay Patil, athletic directors, cricket enthusiasts,  parents, coaches, and a U.S. Cricket Director, is offering cricket as club sport to Edison’s middle and high schools for 2019-2020 school year. 

According to the District’s Supervisor of Physical Education and Health,  Argiris Hristofis, as part of the District’s “commitment to cricket in the curriculum,” extracurricular cricket programs will be introduced to the high schools and middle schools by the summer or early Fall. To support this expansion, the committee is recommending professional development, online resources, and age appropriate equipment for the District’s physical education staff and students. 

Additionally, the committee is also proposing an intramural plan, beginning in the late Fall. Under the plan, all of Edison’s secondary schools will host interest meetings with students. Certificated staff members will serve as advisors, for a four week session in November 2019.  During the sessions, students will participate in advisor meetings, weekly practices, and culminate with an exhibition game.

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Depending on the success of those sessions, the District may also offer a second session in late Spring said Mr. Hristofis. There is a high interest level in the sport, according to him. A recent interest meeting at J.P. Stevens fielded over sixty students, he said. 

According to Mr. Hristofis, the scheduling of these sessions will fit in well with existing sports program and make optimal use of the District’s fields. 

Ms. Peng, who chairs the Curriculum and Technology Committee, told TAPinto Edison that “the Board has been looking to add cricket in the District for about two years and we are very happy to see that plan come to fruition.”