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Olympics in Brazil: Cricket Brazil represented through their social projects on the Olympic Torch relay

The great work that Cricket Brasil has done has led to strong partnerships and recognition from other sport bodies in the country

Olympics in Brazil: Cricket Brazil represented through their social projects on the Olympic Torch relay - Cricket News
Cricket Brasil’s social projects were recognised last week as they were invited to join the Olympic Torch relay in Macapa, with Luis Felipe Pinheiro and Renata Sousa nominated as torchbearers.
 
The great work that Cricket Brasil has done in starting-up the Cricket Poços de Caldas social project as a primary development of the sport in the country, has led to strong partnerships and recognition from other sport bodies in the country.
 
Starting off with one social group of 24 children over five years ago, it now has 21 groups with over 1200 participants. Identifying leaders within the group these participants became known as ‘black t-shirt monitors’ of which Pinheiro and Sousa were selected to help drive the project forward and make an impact on towns growing the sport in non-traditional cricketing countries.


 
As Luis Felipe Pinheiro explains, “I was very fortunate that one of the first cricket project in the region started at my school, I was given the opportunity to take part in these sessions and have played ever since,” says Pinheiro.
 
Renata Sousa was one of the first to take up the sport as part of the Cricket Brasil project and believes that cricket can help young people, “Cricket helps youngsters in various forms in our town. Many young people from this region don't have a great life, but cricket helps them fill their time purposefully which helps keep many off the streets and away from drugs and crime. It is also teaching many other life skills like respect, teamwork, discipline, as well as offering the opportunity to play in teams whether it is at a local, county or national level,” states Sousa.


 
In addition, both Pinheiro and Sousa are now Junior Development Officers and are the first two players to have gained a place in the Physics Education University with the financial support from the Cricket Poços de Caldas project. 
 
“Playing cricket has opened so many doors for me, I have had the opportunity to travel representing my country and now have been selected for the University program which allows me to have my University place sponsored while working with cricket as a Junior Development Officer .Without this incentive from cricket, University would not have been an option for me.
 
“The best thing about being a Junior Development Officer is being able to pass on the values and spirit of this great game to others and to watch the game grow in our town. The ability to learn from the Senior Development Officers will help me in my future role as a Physical Education Teacher and Cricket Coach,” explains Pinheiro.
 
For Renata Sousa, she was thrilled to have been given the chance to run with the Olympic Torch, “I feel very happy and privileged to have this once in a life time opportunity. I never thought I would make my family proud of me and Cricket is giving me the opportunity to do this.
 
For more information on the Cricket Poços de Caldas social project click here to watch the ICC Quick Singles case study.