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Indian American Teens Use Cricket to Help Silicon Valley’s Homeless Kids!

With over 1 in 30 kids being homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area, two high schoolers decided they will bring together tech companies to for a better cause

Abhishek Kattuparambil and Rishi Arjun are high school students in the San Francisco Bay area, in the United States. They recently got to know that one in 30 kids throughout the Bay Area would face homelessness.

Aiming to do something positive, they started “Cricket-For-A-Cause”, an outreach programme fuelled by their passion for cricket.

Partnering with a non-profit called Project Night Night, which provides free ‘Night Night Packages’ to homeless children from birth to pre-teen, they conducted a cricket match with six tech companies to raise funds.

Teams from Amazon, Hortonworks, Infosys, Oracle, PwC and TechMahindra took part in a “Six by Six by Six” game with six teams, six overs and six players in each team.

Two Indian American Teens Use Cricket TO help The Homeless
Right: Rich Arjun. Left: Abhishek Kattuparambil Source: cricket-for-a-cause.org

The events took place on March 31 and April 1,where the competition was won by the Amazon team who later raised funds for the non-profit. Sixty percent of the funds went to Project Night Night.

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“We are honored that Cricket-for-a-Cause has selected us to benefit from their generosity,” Kendra Robins, Founder and Executive Director of Project Night Night, said to India West.

“We are delighted that through sport, athletics and camaraderie, Cricket-for-a-Cause will make an impact on homeless children in the community This philanthropy initiative will help us provide our Night Night Packages to more than 25,000 homeless children this year.” added Kendra Robins.

Abhishek and Rishi’s passion for cricket has brought together people who will fund a cause that will provide children with a sense of security and an exposure to high-quality literacy materials.

(Edited by Shruti Singhal)


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