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Lawrence Rowe Foundation Highlights The Contributions of Caribbean Diaspora in Cricket

As the United States celebrate Black History Month by highlighting and recognizing the contributions of people of color, let us not forget the many impact of the West Indian diaspora in the various facets of life such as sports, namely cricket. Introduced by early English colonists throughout the various islands, cricket was a sport of gentlemen and military personnel. The inclusion of black players in the West Indies team marked a moment of democratic integration in society, and the talented West Indies players helped to overturn an existing idea of racial supremacy. Historians state that cricket, besides the Native American sport lacrosse, was both the first organized team sport and the first major team sport in the United States as it was played by British colonists in North America. Although the sport lost its popularity, immigrants to the United States from traditional cricket playing nations such as the West Indies have helped to encourage and stimulate the growth of the game and its resurgence. Taking his place in cricket history is Mr. Lawrence "Yagga" Rowe once described by Michael Holding, his team mate, as "the best batsman I ever saw". He made his debut for Jamaica in 1968–69 history on his Test match debut v New Zealand at Sabina Oval, Kingston in 1972, scoring 214 and 100 not out, the first time that a cricketer had scored a double and single century on Test debut. On Sunday March 6th, 2016, Mr. Lawrence Rowe will host the highly anticipated Annual Cricket Legends Weekend Exhibition Cricket Match alongside such Legends as "The Great" Barry Richards (South Africa), Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica), Joel Gardner (Barbados), Augustine Logie (Trinidad), Faoud Bacchus, Lance Gibbs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana), Desmond Haynes, Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran and many more legendary cricketer to be announced. The exhibition cricket match will feature two games, Game 1 from 10AM to 2PM, and Game 2 from 3PM to 7PM. The event will also have a kids zone, batting cage and much more for a family day of fun. Please visit Sponsorship/Information: (888) 615-0181 Early Bird Tickets: General Admission $15 - VIP $65 (Access to players, complimentary food & drinks)

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