October 18th, 2017
Last year, the Muslim Student Club had a potluck party to launch the club, welcoming the school community with our traditional cuisines. Our second year’s first event focused on another universal language: sports. LESP held its first ever cricket match.
“Cricket?!?” “What’s cricket?”
This was, by far, the most common question our club was asked, which was good because it’s the question we most wanted to answer. Despite its huge popularity in the world, cricket is not well-known in the US and in other parts of the world that LESP students come from. We wanted to introduce a culture to which they probably had never been exposed.
Cricket is not connected to the Muslim culture but it is hugely popular in the countries that most of our club members are from. The game originated in England and has gained popularity in the British Commonwealth, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, West Indies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. Some of us belonged to teams in our countries and practiced every day. So much so that heavy cricket bats were something we packed in our luggage when we came to the US, but we never had the chance to play since starting our new lives here. We missed cricket so much.
So, you can imagine how much fun we had playing cricket together! It felt like ‘home’ to us. Not only that, this time we were playing with LESP friends and teachers who had never played cricket in their lives, which made us even happier to share our love of the game with them. There were people watching our game from the streets of the Lower East Side, too! They were taking pictures and filming from over the school fence and said they had never seen a live cricket game before. Sports has no boundaries. The language of sports is so universal.
We would like to thank Mr. Anaya and Ms. Prichard for supporting us with our idea and helping to bring our first game to fruition. We hope more LESP members will join us for cricket soon. It’s fun, trust us!
October 12th, 2017
LESP staff and students celebrated our first international food festival, showcasing the different foods, dishes and cultures of our student body!