Sports to Empower girls in Anantapur
The Hockey program for girls at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) started out with the support of Rural Development Trust (RDT) in 2006. The emphasis was on initiating a sporting culture, using the National sport of India in Anantapur. The program was later divided into 3 modes of operations, namely at the Grassroots centres, development centres and the ASV, catering to 31 centers spread across the district of Anantapur, covering schools and the regional centers, along with the Hockey Academy at the ASV.
Madhavi, an established graduate from the Hockey Academy, hails from Kalyandurg, a regional center for the hockey program. Being the daughter of a farmer, deprived her of leading a normal life and playing hockey at Kalyandurg due to social inconveniences like gender discrimination, lack of proper guidance as well as unavailability of infrastructure.