The Scarborough Hospital to host local cricket tournament

By Admin Wednesday May 15 2013 in Sports
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The Scarborough World Cup of Cricket, a first-of-its kind community-wide tournament and family event, is sure to please fans of the sport that is rapidly gaining popularity in the Greater Toronto Area.


The Scarborough World Cup of Cricket is a two-day, 10-team round robin tournament with a reduced format of 10 overs per match. Teams, put together by the sponsors, consist of 15 players, with qualifying games on day one. The top four teams will proceed to day two, which will include two playoff games and a championship game, with the leading three teams receiving gold, silver and bronze medals.


The event is being held in support of The Scarborough Hospital’s Cancer Care program and will also include cricket clinics by leading professional cricket player, Umar Bhatti and well-known coach, Nadeem Khokhar; a family barbeque, international food fair and teddy bear “check-ups” performed by hospital doctors and nurses in field tents.


The announcement was made earlier this week by The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, organizer of the event and its sponsors, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada, Habib Canadian Bank, ATN (Asian Television Network), the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, Scarborough Muslim Association, Western Union, Arthur Fire Protection, Scarborough Town Centre, Physiomed, Lisa Grogan Green, TEVA Canada, BMO and Woburn Medical Centre.


“Response from the community to the tournament announcement has been overwhelming, as is evident by how quickly our sponsors pulled teams of players together,” said tournament chair, Nigel Samaroo, adding that organizers expect the event to draw hundreds of local residents. “This will be a true community-wide event, with something for every member of the family.”


The Scarborough Hospital Foundation raises funds for state of the art medical equipment and building projects for the Scarborough Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked with donors, volunteers and community members to raise funds needed to help save lives.


Michael Mazza, President of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation, said the funds raised from the Scarborough World Cup will help The Scarborough Hospital provide integrated cancer care services to the community.


“It is The Scarborough Hospital’s vision to have a coordinated and integrated Cancer Care program so our community can continue to receive high quality cancer care close to home, across our organization,” said Mazza.


According to Sari Greenwood, Patient Manager of The Scarborough Hospital Cancer Care program, the hospital receives more than 24,000 visits annually to its cancer centre and the numbers are growing.


“Managed by a multidisciplinary team of oncologists and specially-trained nurses, the hospital’s Cancer Care program is very strong, and with increased integration of services, our program will become even stronger,” she said.


The Scarborough World Cup of Cricket will be held on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, at L’Amoreaux Park, Scarborough. Admission to the tournament and all activities is free. Food will be available for purchase.


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