John Warburg played cricket as a number four or five batsman and off-spinner at Westminster High School in London where he was born and raised to an English father and an American mother. He grew to love the game and did not lose touch with cricket when he and his family moved to the United States in 1979.
Warburg, now a venture capitalist in Connecticut, admits he did not have the ability to play at a high level, but this did not stop him from enjoying the game as a fan and playing with the Norwalk Cricket Club in Connecticut.He stopped playing in 1981 and recently resumed, but is on hiatus and may pick it up again in the future.
Because of his background, Warburg joked: “I have a few quirks, but I really enjoy cricket.”
Warburg has recently become a strong supporter of women’s cricket with two generous donations made to the United States of America Cricket Association through the Apple Pickers Foundation, which he described as a small family foundation. The donations were made specifically for women’s cricket.
The most recent was made to help the US team in its preparation for the World Cup qualifiers in Bangladesh later this year.
Early last year Warburg rented a nets session in Brooklyn and was introduced to women’s cricket coach Linden Fraser. Fraser coached Warburg, who was impressed with his technique, and he met and worked with several women players, including Indomatie Goordial-John, a US senior player, in the nets. It warmed him to the women’s game.
“I have watched the women play a number of times and I have been very impressed,” said Warburg. “The women’s game has many volunteers who help the game with their tremendous efforts. The passion they have is impressive. People travel at great lengths to play and watch the game. They show a lot of passion.”
John Warburg (5th from left) joins women cricketers and other officials.
He said the Apple Pickers Foundation received “a wonderful grant request” from Dianne Aaron, a women’s cricket volunteer last year to help the women’s game. “It is unusual for us to support cricket unless I have been playing or cheering,” he said.
But because of Warburg’s love of the game, the “wonderful request” from Dianne Aaron and the passion he saw in the women’s game, the Apple Pickers Foundation decided to help.
“We decided to make another grant, a larger one this year, to help in the preparation for the women’s team to play in Bangladesh,” he said. The undisclosed amount of the grant is reported to be in the six-figure range.
Warburg observed that “USACA was chronically under-funded and there was not a lot of funding going on for the women’s gam
He added: “We wanted to give them an opportunity to showcase their talents and this fits perfectly to fund the team to Bangladesh.”He again underscored that cricket across the US was admirably served by a lot of volunteers. “In some small way we are trying to help the team to do well in Bangladesh,” he added.
Warburg said that from the women’s games he has watched recently he liked the talent, passion and skills shown by the players and he hoped they would advance beyond the qualifiers in Bangladesh.
All photos courtesy of www.newyorkcricket.com
For mor photos visit: http://newyorkcricket.com/cricket-photos/?album=38&gallery=41