Did you always dream of becoming a ‘Champion’? Yes…Mommies, i mean a sports Champion, I sure did. I was always excited to run, swim, play, even learn cricket and football as a kid. Every summer vacation I joined a new sport, I was very fortunate enough to learn Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Volleyball and swimming. I was a tri-cycle champion in my city for two consecutive years(laughs) It was only in Jr and Sr KG but nonetheless that is the only memory that I have when I won something.
I used to even cycle very well. Did our school encourage sports? Yes…but not without differentiation…Means… I was always treated as the second best, teachers taunted me on not being tall or a slob in math, weirdo for scoring 90/100 in History and genius for writing poems in Marathi. This meant that I was trying to be a jack of all trades and thus ended up being the master of none and thus died the sportsman in me.
Don’t let this happen to your kid mommies! If we don’t act Indians will never win gold in the next Olympics. India needs its sportsmen and women and my daughter is surely going to be an Athlete. And don’t think no one is here to listen to you rant.Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS), an initiative to professionalize school and college sports, was kicked off on Saturday by Mrs Nita Ambani, who is a member of International Olympic Committee and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, She was also joined by Bollywood actor and Mumbai City FC co-owner Ranbir Kapoor.
Speaking at the launch event, Mrs. Ambani said that the main motive of RFYS was to bring an overhaul in the fortune of Indian sports.“Reliance Foundation Youth Sports was set up with the aim to propel India’s growth towards a multi-sports nation through robust school and college level initiatives. Reliance Foundation will also introduce the ‘Student-Athlete’ programme at early student life to scout, nurture, guide and create a viable career path for young sportspeople across the country in all discipline of sports”, she said.
For more details, you can visit the Reliance Foundation page at http://www.reliancefoundation.org/sports.html