Pictured right is one of the schools destroyed by a tornado in Hackleburg, Alabama in April. The students from these schools will be in portable buildings for at least two years while they rebuild. Hackleburg is a small town of about 1500; 29 died in the tornado. In addition, 31 of 32 businesses were destroyed.
According to Donna Hester, Executive Director of the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD), the Alabama Department of Education has assessed 15 schools with a range of “major” to “massive” damage from the tornado, and as a result, the state physical education program is in need of all types of equipment.
USYCA has responded to the need in Alabama with a donation of sixteen American Cricket Champ cricket sets, provided free of shipping cost to the damaged schools. The sets have already been shipped and should arrive this week.
“As an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of American children, we are happy to have the opportunity to help Alabama schools,” USYCA President Jamie Harrison said. “We also ask that others in the American cricket community step up to assist wherever possible.”
Donations to the storm-ravaged schools are requested and can be sent to 267 County Road 235, Arley, AL 35541.