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Jan 24, 2011

A send-off for the Compton Cricket team on their way "Down Under"

compton cricket team newser 003 Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Australian Consul General for Los Angeles Chris De Cure introduce members of the Compton Cricket Club.

We held a send-off on the City Hall South Lawn for the Compton Cricket Club -- the first All American Cricket Team. Compton's Homies and the Popz have been playing cricket for 15 years and credit the sport with saving them from the gang culture that ruled their neighborhoods. Now, for the first time, they will compete in a cricket exhibition/promotional tour in Australia and help raise funds for local charities. This will mark the first time an All American team has toured Australia. The historic journey "down under" is designed to increase the efforts of the Compton Cricket Club to end violence at home and around the globe and give young people an alternative to gangs. An exciting addition to the club is "Hip-Hop Cricket Rap", produced and performed by team-members Theo and Isaac Hayes, which transfers Cricket language and culture into Ghetto vernacular and style. FOR A SAMPLE, CLICK HERE

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