It is with great excitement that we inform you that after 5 months of planning and fundraising 12 members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors have finally made it to Mombasa to attend the Legends Cricket Academy. The team left Il Polei village in Laikipia North at the crack of dawn on Monday 23rd January and hit the road for Kenya’s capital city – Nairobi, which was a first visit for some members of the team. Following an adventurous 15-hour train ride to the coast, which was another first for all in the team, the cricket warriors arrived in Mombasa on Tuesday morning, 24th January. This marked the start of the Maasai Cricket Warriors’ 2-month cricket academy participation at the Legends Cricket Nursery.
The Legends Cricket Nursery is a new Cricket Academy that was started a few months ago by former Kenyan cricket legends: Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Sibtain Kassamali, Baba Juma Abbas and Zafir Din. The cricket academy invitation has been extended to the Maasai Cricket Warriors by the Legends Cricket Nursery who are offering complimentary coaching and training to the Maasai Warriors. This opportunity will afford the Warriors the chance to improve their skills and cricket knowledge to ensure that they can firstly be more competitive themselves, but also have acquired greater skills to be better coaches within their communities.
In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand. Through sports participation they are also promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS amongst youth. During their trip to Mombasa the team will continue to spread and deliver these important social messages as ambassadors of the International Cricket Council’s THINK WISE AIDS awareness programme.
We owe our gratitude and appreciation to all the generous individuals who have joined us in this inspiring journey by contributing in making this cricket academy trip a reality. It is their generosity and belief in our mission that has enabled us to reach this goal and we are deeply grateful for their partnership.
The following organizations and individuals contributed in giving 12 members of the Maasai Cricket Warriors a chance to attend the Legends Cricket Nursery:
– Legends Cricket Nursery: Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Sibtain Kassamali, Baba Juma Abbas, Zafir Din
– International Cricket Council – “THINK WISE AIDS Awareness Programme”
– E. Oppenheimer & Sons
– Highlands Water Ltd
– Ol Pejeta Conservancy
– Ministry of Youth & Sports
– Y.W.C.A Likoni
– Ministry of Health Laikipia North
– Laikipia Pharmacy
– Achiral Pharmaceuticals
– Daniel Kasal, US
– Kevin Carroll, US
– Damian McLoughlin, UAE
– Hugh Crossley, UK
– Tamara Cohen, Australia
– Angela Bourhill, Canada
– George Parkes & Teresa Hettich, Tanzania
– Olive Gayner, UK
– Steve Curtis, Canada
– Tony Brennan, Sudan
– Didier Vassart, Belgium
– Emmanuel Ezem, US
– Andrew Ryan, UK
– James Baillie, UK
– Subhash Modi, Kenya
– Victoria Custerson, UK
– Jean Kim Chaix, US
– Alex Field, UK
– David Terrace, UK
– Utkarsh Rajwal, India
A great big thank you also goes out to everyone in the local Maasai community who sacrificed the little they have to make personal contributions to the selected players who each had to raise a minimum of Ksh5,000 towards the academy trip!
The Maasai Cricket Warriors pledge to make the most of this valuable opportunity and to work hard, train intensely, play competitively and to be role models both on and off the field.
Ashe o’leng (Maa) / Asante sana / Thank you to everyone who contributed in granting us this invaluable opportunity to attend the Legends Cricket Nursery and in helping us make our creams come true . . .
We wish each of the 12 selected Maasai Cricket Warriors the best of success at the Legends Cricket Nursery and may you cherish this opportunity and give it your all to reach your full potential and to make your dreams come true.
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
~ Muhammad Ali
Thank you to the Legends Cricket Nursery for taking the Maasai Cricket Warriors under their wing and for sharing their passion for the game and helping to develop cricket in Kenya
We are grateful to all our supporters who made the Mombasa academy training possible for the Maasai Cricket Warriors
- The Maasai Cricket Warriors Arrive at Mombasa Railway Station for the start of their 2-month Academy Training at the Legends Cricket Nursery
- The Maasai Cricket Warriors with legends of Kenyan cricket, Thomas Odoyo and Jimmy Kamande
The Maasai Cricket Warriors entertaining the crowd & guests during the Kenya vs Ireland ODI in Mombasa on 18.02.2012