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Cricket a 'hit' at AIC

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 15, 2019) – When the district’s 175 immigrant and refugee students first enroll at Albany International Center (AIC), it’s likely almost everything at their new school is different from what they were accustomed to before they moved to New York. The language, food, celebrations, climate, subjects and lessons and even other students and the teachers, seem completely foreign and new.

 

But one of the May units in Physical Education at AIC is very familiar to many of the students because it’s a sport popular around the world but not as much in the United States: cricket.

 

“Reminds me of home a lot,” said AIC sixth-grader Shamsullah Zadran, pictured above right, who was born in Afghanistan.

 

When playing cricket, Zadran definitely stands out. He bats, runs and fields confidently and his facial expressions alternate between intense concentration and pure joy. He jokes with friends and offers tips on the sport to those less familiar with it in both English and Pashto, his native language.

 

“It’s my favorite game.”

 

A cricket unit is being taught in physical education in all 18 district schools for the first time this year and it’s just one more way the district is offering students culturally relevant education.

 

“It’s so important to incorporate our students’ backgrounds into all of our curriculum, not just academics. The kids are loving this P.E. unit and the teachers have enjoyed learning more about a sport that may be new to them, too,” explains Kathy Ryan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics.

 

Though less than at other schools throughout the district, there is still a mix of cricket knowledge in the middle and high school P.E. classes at AIC. But what one student lacks in experience, he or she makes up for in fun. A first-time whack by someone new to the sport gets as much applause from classmates as a veteran player’s strong and calculated hit.

 

“It is a good sport and I know how to play. The running and the catching are familiar,” added Javeb Arab, a ninth grade Pashto speaker from Pakistan (bottom picture).

 

Helping students from diverse backgrounds feel welcome in Albany is a number one priority for all administrators, teachers and support staff and the physical education team appreciates being part of their adjustment to life in the United States and creating a valuable connection.

 

I enjoy hearing about the students' prior cricket experience in the countries from which they immigrated. It’s also a sport that students are able to master quickly so someone who has never played before can step right in and also enjoy participating,” said P.E. teacher Tom Murley.

 

 

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district serves more than 9,300 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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