Media Advisory/Photo Op - Cricket Canada and Scotiabank to introduce elementary school cricket program to create a new generation of players and fans

    CALGARY, Jan. 9 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:   Scotiabank, in partnership with Cricket Canada, will support
            cricket at the grass roots level with the 'Cricket Canada
            Scotiabank School Program' (CCSSP). The program will initially be
            offered in Greater Vancouver, Calgary and the Greater Toronto
            Area to introduce elementary school students to the game of

            In conjunction with the national launch in Greater Vancouver, a
            photo op will take place in Calgary at Crossing Park School
            during which grade 6 and 8 students will have an opportunity to
            play a quick game of cricket with Cricket Canada players and

    WHY:    The popularity of cricket in countries such as the United
            Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guyana and the West Indies
            has carried over into several of Canada's multicultural
            communities. The CCSSP is designed to teach fundamental cricket
            skills while helping children build teamwork and interpersonal
            skills that will last a lifetime. The schools will be provided
            with complimentary teacher training and equipment.

    WHEN:   Tuesday January 13, 2009 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    WHERE:  Crossing Park School - Gymnasium
            500 Martindale Blvd N.E., Calgary

    WHO:    Barb Sigalet, Principal, Crossing Park School
            Darren Mein, Curriculum Leader of Physical Education and Director
             of Athletics, Crossing Park School
            Stephen Cormier, Physical Education Teacher, Crossing Park School
            Ravin Moorthy, Second Vice-President, Cricket Canada
            Chris James, President, Alberta Cricket Association
            Gordon Oakes, Executive Director, Alberta Cricket Association
            Easan Sinnathamby, Former Senior National Team member
            Manzoor Chouhdary, Former Senior National Team member
            Laraib Khan, Team Canada U15 player
            Andrew Irving, Calgary U19 Cricket Coach
            John Kowalksi, Vice-President, Calgary District, Scotiabank
            Josephine Pon, Multicultural Banking Manager - Calgary,


For further information:

For further information: Deborah Spence, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(403) 254-6830, Cell (403) 612-3317 or; Gordon
Oakes, Executive Director, Alberta Cricket Association, (403) 809-3285 or

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