Empowering children through sports

Tawanda Munthali

A non- profit making organisation is making strides to empower the marginalized communities through sport.

Grassroots Cricket a brainchild of Australian based Zimbabwean Tawanda Karasa is an organisation that uses the power of cricket to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Karasa says the aim of the organisation is to give children the chance to play the gentlemen’s game. “Our aim is to give a chance to disadvantaged children to play, learn and develop through the game of cricket, said Karasa.

The organisation seeks to bring more girls into the sport as well as empower them through sport. Grassroots Cricket has distributed cricket equipment to clubs that have girl’s teams in Glen View and Chitungwiza. Through the organisation a budding cricket star has been given wings to soar higher as she made a debut for a competitive side.

Grassroots Cricket recently held a coaching clinic in Hopley, an event that was graced by the organisations ambassadors that include Chevrons all-rounder Ryan Burl as well as Elton Chigumbura .

Burl was pleased with the response and he took to his Twitter page to share how he felt. “Going out there brought back so many memories of when I grew up on the farm in headlands as a young boy, and playing with whatever flat ground and equipment we had available. Providing these opportunities to the young generation is vital for development and growth,” said Burl.

The organisation has been spreading its wings. It has managed to bring telecommunications company Econet Wireless on board with a three-year partnership. This partnership is aimed at changing the face of grassroots cricket by bringing the game of cricket to children from disadvantaged communities.

 The partnership with Econet Wireless aims to equip youngsters with life skills as well as an insight on social issues that include career guidance, substance misuse, sexual reproductive health as well as early child marriages amongst others.

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