Cricket is our passion. Our goal is your dream.
American Cricket Academy, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, born with an idea of giving back to community through youth sport - without knowing
where and how to start. Like minded small group of parents, started with sport known and close to their heart - the game of Cricket.
The journey began in July 2015 with 6 kids to connect and give back to community, build character among all involved and share game of cricket.
Our vision with three foundational pillars -
- Character (Servant leadership, teamwork, discipline)
Community (Serving others, humility and sacrifice)
Cricket (Play the right way - with class)
To create selfless team of volunteers with positive attitude of
investing back into our community. Fast forward today, we have 200+ athletes backed by team of active parents involved from day to day operations,
to identify and drive all current and new initiatives. Sharing and giving back to the community is an important component of the Academy's mission.
Our charity effort involves athletes and their families on volunteer initiatives across the metro St. Louis area and other countries.
When addressing character we decided to give the athletes opportunities to show servant leadership through mentoring and assigning them various responsibilities. They take ownership of their actions and put others first.
This is further reinforced through our community pillar. In teaching our athletes about community we want them to reach beyond the cricket community and become involved within the entire metropolitan area. To do this and to further the character pillar ACA is highly involved with community service. Our ACA families do a minimum of one service project a month, We are proud to say we have not just our athletes, but also their families involved in each project, all these experiences and learning helping our families to connect with different communities.
Another way we regard community is by reaching within our own community. We believe strongly that ACA is not built on a foundation of one or two people, but by a strong foundation of all families involved in our academy. We expect all of our families to be involved in the day to day running of the academy. We recognize that not all parents are comfortable in a coaching role, but have many other gifts. What is truly amazing to us is that we rarely have to ask a family to become involved, and they work together to the betterment of all
When it comes to our cricket pillar, this is another that ties to character. So often in youth sports we witness less than stellar behavior from the athletes, coaches and parents. It is emphasized many times over in our academy that everyone is to conduct themselves with class. This means working hard on and off the field, conducting in positive ways and respecting each other and the teams and families we interact with.
American Cricket Academy started with seven athletes, and now has grown to more than 150 athletes. We have conducted various introductory and High performance camps, presented to over 1200 PE teachers, and over 2000 students through teacher development, state conventions, school presentations and assemblies, and reached out to various civil and government organizations to help spread the spirit of cricket throughout the state of Missouri.
American Cricket Academy hopes to inspire the spirit of cricket to be more than cricket.