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- November 7, 2013
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New York based club is…more than just cricket!
At its 2013 Awards Dinner recently, Atlantis Cricket Club – NY celebrated 47 years of cricketing in the New York metropolitan area, however the club also celebrated more than almost a half century of involvement in cricket. It also celebrated women’s cricket.
Atlantis is considered one of the premier cricket clubs in the New York region, and despite not winning a major men’s cricket championship in the past three years. The club has built its brand over the years, setting in motion a number of initiatives that are above and beyond competitive cricket tournaments. With a motto that clearly defines the club’s manifesto of a mission beyond the sport, Atlantis continues to be a trailblazer in its community-based programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Clothing and Coat Drives, and its Shevonne Mentis Educational Scholarship Fund.
Over the past twelve years, Atlantis has given out scholarship stipends averaging between $300 and $1,000 to young men and women enrolled in colleges in the USA, as part of its Shevonne Mentis Educational Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the daughter of one of its honorary members who died in the September 11, 2011 World Trade tragedy. This year’s recipients are Jasmine Newton and Alex Amsterdam.
A member of the Eastern American Cricket Association (EACA), Atlantis has among its current roster of players, two men and seven women US national players. Sponsoring a women’s cricket XI over the past two years, Atlantis has funded the participation of its women’s team in three tournaments; and this year’s awards dinner highlighted the accomplishments of those women players winning back-to-back T20 tournaments in Atlanta, GA, and hosting the Atlanta Pearls Women’s XI in New York over this past Labor Day weekend.
This year, Atlantis honored a long-time member of the club – Hewlett Ewart “Letty” Matthias, an all-rounder who represented the club in the late 60s. Matthias was made an Honorary Life Member of Atlantis, at the club’s recent awards dinner. He became the forty-eight person to be so honored by Atlantis, including 13 former West Indies Test players. In addition to recognizing the evening’s honoree and the accomplishments of the women players, Atlantis also recognized the outstanding performances of its men players. The following male players received awards.