Belleville, NJ—Clara Maass Medical Center patient access representative Ivy Mahabir
was recently inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in recognition of
her accomplishments, contributions and leadership within the sport.
“We are so proud of Ms. Mahabir, not only for her boundless dedication
to promoting cricket in the United States, but also for the tireless and
passionate work she does here at Clara Maass to provide the best care
possible for our patients,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President
and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center.
“It was an honor and privilege,” Mahabir said, about the Induction
Ceremony she attended with her family in Connecticut. “It made me
realize my passion, dedication and hard work through the years has not
been in vain.” The Cricket Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to promote and develop the game of cricket in the United States.
A committee accepts nominations for new inductees each year, and awards
induction to international and local players, both professional and amateur.
Mahabir was also honored by the New Jersey General Assembly with a Ceremonial
Resolution, sponsored by Speaker Emeritus Shelia Oliver. She also received
several congratulatory awards, including citations from the New York State
Assembly, the City Council of New York and the State of Connecticut.
A resident of East Orange, Mahabir first started playing cricket at just
5 years old when she was growing up in Trinidad and Tobago. She has been
a pioneer in the male-dominated sport since she attended Montclair State
University (MSU) and was instrumental in establishing MSU’s first
Cricket Club. A talented left-handed batswoman and a right-handed off
spinner, Mahabir is the first and only female cricket umpire in the region
and the first female Vice President of the New Jersey Umpire Association.
A highlight of Mahabir’s career was representing the first United
States Women’s Cricket Team in the International Cricket Council
(ICC) Americas Tournament in 2009, where she helped lead her teammates
to a second place finish behind Canada. Mahabir had to choose between
playing in the tournament or walking at graduation to receive two M.B.A.
degrees from MSU. Ultimately, she put her country and teammates first
to play in a match against Argentina.
“After the game, one of the players from Argentina gave me her championship
jacket,” Mahabir says. “She said, ‘This shows the dedication
and commitment you have to your country and your team’.”
Supporting her female teammates is important to Mahabir, and she has continued
to promote them and the game throughout her career, as she served as the
first Atlantic Region Women’s Cricket Coordinator, and was a founding
member of the Local Talk Cricket Team.
“I work hard with these ladies, and we want to grow the game,”
Mahabir says. “I always tell the ladies who want to play cricket
or any sport that you can be anything you want to be in life if you put
God first, stay focused, believe in yourself, give 200 percent and repeat
to yourself, ‘I am capable’.”