Stories of Change


B. Anusha: A Shining Example Of The Rise Of Indian Girls In Cricket  

Coming from the remote village of Bandlapalli (Anantapur), B Anusha was introduced to cricket by the physical education teacher in her school in 2014. Everything changed when she decided to take part in a rural cricket tournament organised by the Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA).

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ASA’s Tireless Endeavour In Nurturing Rural Talent

A young, Kapalla Naresh Kumar, aged 25, has already played for the Andhra U19, U22 and U25 teams. He has now firmly set his eyes on making his Ranji trophy debut for the Andhra state team. A pivotal moment in his cricket career that he looks forward to. A vibrant personality, and a graduate of Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), Naresh is an exciting future prospect for the Andhra state team in the near future, as per ASA’s coach A. Yugandhar Reddy.

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Dismantling Disability: Cricket for a Better Future     

A common myth about people with hearing and speaking disabilities not being as efficient at work as compared to others continues to persist in India. Anantapur and the surrounding villages are home to many children with such impairments. They are underprivileged, and have little access to education and sports facilities, vital holistic growth elements for children.

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20-Year-Old Football Coach From Andhra Pradesh Is A Role Model For His Peers

On a usual day, the humble 20-year-old youngster, Kasireddy Anand Reddy, when not attending to his footballing duties as a player/coach, is predominantly working on the administration of the Anantapur Football League, a grassroots football league in India.

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Meet The 19-Year-Old Footballer Who Represented India At The Homeless World Cup

When she started pursuing football as a young teenager, R Shobha didn’t know where her passion for the game would take her. The 19-year-old was elated when she was among the eight girls selected to represent team India in the Homeless World Cup 2017 held in Oslo, Norway from August 29 to September 5.

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A walking testimony of the power of women in sport: Anjali Devi

The rural district of Anantapur receives active support from Rural Development Trust (RDT) and its Anantapur Sports Academy program, with the prime idea being the encouragement of sporting activity for everyone with particular importance to women’s sports.

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ASA’s Endeavour in Helping Moulali Keep his Dream Alive

Education was the only way Shaik Moulali’s parents thought he could shine in life. Since a very young age, his family instigated him with thoughts that Engineering was his best career option. Moulali, however had different ideas. He aspired to become a footballer, while also pursuing his education.

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S. Bhaskar Reddy: A Journey from Oblivion to Renewed Vigour

Bhaskar Reddy, a professional footballer for Fateh Hyderabad Football Club, on the second division I-league 2015 roster, comes from a poor family in Anantapur. His former coach at Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), P. Vijayabhaskar describes him saying, “Bhaskar will be key, as Fateh Hyderabad are looking to build a formidable side for the future. He is a role model for youngsters at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) football academy. They now have greater ambitions in his shadow.”

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How the Daughter of a Daily Wage Labourer Made It Big at the National Hockey Academy!

It was delightful news for Anilraj Kumar, the girls’ hockey coach at Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), to hear that M. Bhavani, one of his protégés from the ASA had cleared the National Hockey Academy selection trials held during June 2017 in New Delhi. Finally, years of training and continuous hard work had paid-off for M. Bhavani, the 16-year-old who went against all odds to secure her position in the National Hockey Academy, a joint initiative by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Ministry of Sport (MoS).

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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.

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Progressive Evolution through Hockey

Bikas Saikiran, now a well established student at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) Hockey Academy, hails from Ganga Nagar, a small community in Anantapur. Saikiran was always fascinated by the sight of children playing at the huge campus of the ASV, a few kilometers from Anantapur town. Saikiran always dreamt of playing Hockey and representing his country. However his dream remained elusive owing to his humble background where his father, a Dhobi (washer man) could barely make ends meet.

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Special Olympics

Through The Eyes Of An Olympian

Special Olympics (SO) is a platform that uses the power of Sport to empower children with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). It gives them the opportunity to showcases their hard work, dedication and commitment and sporting talent to the world. To prove to the world that ID is not a stigma of society but a strength of an entirely different order.

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Developing communities with Tennis as a medium of change.

Lenin Nagar, a small community in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh is one of the several hamlets in India that have been disregarded by mainstream society. This place which consists primarily of immigrants from the neighbouring districts of Anantapur, in Andhra Pradesh, with a reputation of being burglars. A major populace of Lenin Nagar works in Anantapur as domestic help or as daily wage labourers at a brick kiln to earn a living. Very few of their children attend daily schools, hence forgoing a proper education and missing out on participating regularly in organised sports.

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Meet India’s Softball Star From Andhra Pradesh

M Jagadeesh from the Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), represented the Indian softball team at the World Baseball And Softball Championship (WBSC) that was held in Canada in July 2017. It was a historical moment for India as it was the first time the country participated in the sport.

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