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Clara Maass Medical Center Patient Access Representative Inducted Into Cricket Hall of Fame

11/17/2016

Ivy Mahabir

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’.”

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