ACTIVIST KEEPING VALLEY KIDS AWAY FROM STICKY WICKETS.
Byline: Eric Leach Daily News Staff Writer
Ted Hayes Theodore "Ted" Hayes, Jr. is an American advocate for the homeless and an activist for the Republican Party.
Hayes' activism began in January 1985, when Justiceville, a community of homeless people in Los Angeles, was founded. , who has been a leading advocate for the homeless people of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. for more than a decade, went to the Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, area Saturday for his new crusade - teaching young people about the game of cricket.
Hayes said that since cricket has unique social elements that make its name synonymous with synonymous with
adjective equivalent to, the same as, identical to, similar to, identified with, equal to, tantamount to, interchangeable with, one and the same as fair play and sportsmanship, it helps young people learn valuable lessons about life.
``The sportsmanship element makes this a perfect kind of challenge for inner-city kids,'' Hayes said. ``Cricket is a social game as well as a highly competitive kind of game. It teaches players to respect themselves and the authority that exists on the field.''
Hayes started a cricket team among homeless men from the Dome Village Dome Village is a self-governing community of "people unable or [...] unwilling to live in traditional [homeless] shelters". Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the complex consists of 20 geodesic domes and is inhabited by "up to 34 individuals and their family members". in downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or and took the team to England in 1995.
Because of the warm reception and success of that trip, he took the advice of one of the homeless men and started recruiting youths in Compton.
``In 1997 we took a group of kids from Compton back to England,'' he said. ``They had a chance to meet Prince Edward Noun 1. Prince Edward - third son of Elizabeth II (born in 1964)
Edward Antony Richard Louis, Edward and have tea in Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace (bŭk`ĭng-əm), residence of British sovereigns from 1837, in Westminster metropolitan borough, London, England, adjacent to St. James's Park. . We went to the place where cricket was born, and our guys won.''
Hayes said he is now trying to expand the program into the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. and Santa Clarita valleys.
``Today was our first venture into the Santa Clarita area. We started training Saturday. We want to help send them on a trip to England as well, hopefully by next spring. We also plan to expand this into Pacoima and North Hollywood,'' Hayes said.
Americans will eventually get so interested in cricket that it will surpass soccer in popularity, Hayes predicted, noting that at one time soccer was hardly known in the United States.
``These kids will become the fathers of American cricket,'' he said.
Although most Americans are largely unfamiliar with the game, cricket is England's national summer sport and has devotees throughout the world. It is played with a bat and ball between two teams of 11 players, with the nonbatting side taking up positions in the field, like baseball. The batsman tries to keep the bowler from hitting the wicket, which is a kind of goal.
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PHOTO (1-- color in SAC edition) Ted Hayes, the coach of a team of cricket players from Compton, throws the ball during a game in the Santa Clarita area.
(2 -- 3 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) A team of cricket players from Compton, including, left, Steve Castenada hitting and Emilio Casarez catching, introduce the game to local youths at Val Verde Park. Ted Hayes, below, coach of the Compton team who wants to expand the game into the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, throws the ball toward the batsman, while Steven Benson of Val Verde, above, reacts to being ``bowled out'' (called out) during a game.
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