THE smiles were plentiful and the laughs loud at the inaugural Shoalhaven DreamCricket day on Wednesday.
Staged at the North Nowra Public School, the Rotary clubs of Bomaderry and South Nowra combined with event founders the Movement Disorder Foundation and the Bradman Foundation to introduce children with special needs to cricket.
Students from North Nowra, Havenlee, Bomaderry and Nowra East public schools attended the day.
The students were put through a host of fun cricket skill activities.
And by the amount of smiles and high fives they were having a great time.
Bradman Foundation cricket ambassador Rick McCarthy, who has conducted similar events throughout Australia and in India and Sri Lanka, said the day was about having fun and having a go.
“The kids love it and get a lot out of it, as do we facilitators.”
Rotarian and Shoalhaven Cricket life member Bob Webster said the response from the students was amazing.
“We got great feedback from the teachers and carers, who in some cases were amazed how well their children performed,” he said.
“The kids all had so much fun, it’s just a wonderful program and something great for us as Rotarians to be involved in,” he said.
DreamCricket originated in the United States in 2005.
Rotary was championing a program called Miracle League to give children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball.
The concept was translated into the Australian setting, and in 2008 the Movement Disorder Foundation approached the Rotary clubs of the Southern Highlands with the concept that evolved to become DreamCricket.