Stories of Change

Cricket

Cricket Transformed The Lives Of These 2 Young Boys From A Small Village

Things had reached a point where their parents had all but given up on them; they didn’t even know where they were most of the time. The pair of them showed no interest in school or work. Instead, they spent all day playing cricket in the narrow streets of Kalyandurg, a town in Anantapur District and used any money they had to bet on the outcomes of their matches.

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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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Football

Motivated & Capable Football Coaches At The Grassroots The Need Of The Hour: P Hindu Kumar

Having represented Andhra Pradesh in the Santosh trophy in 2016 and volunteered as a coach in the subsequent year at the sport development initiative Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), P Hindu Kumar decided to bring a change in rural Anantapur through his passion for football. Hindu has embraced a sea of change starting young as a 15-year-old football player to adapting himself as a coach at ASA Football Academy.

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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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Hockey

This 15-Year-Old Hockey Goalkeeper Is Setting An Example For Her Peers

The residential program at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASA’s academics centre), gives children the opportunity to practice sports regularly while also attending schools and colleges nearby as well as participate in regular supplement classes (English and Life skills) at the campus itself.

C. Supritha, a 15-year-old Hockey Goalkeeper, is someone who has really grabbed this opportunity. Originally from a village near Atmakur town in the Anantapur district, Supritha was an extremely reserved and shy individual when she joined the academy four years ago.

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Meet Hockey Champ Saikiran: The Rickshaw Driver’s Son Aiming For An Olympics Gold

It takes real courage to keep going when situations clamp down on you at a tender age. It needs a strong will to stand tall when the ground underneath is slippery, strewn with hardships. Here is the story of 21-year-old B. Saikiran who believes that in life you either win or you learn, but you never lose. Such is his spirit.

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Special Olympics

Intellectual Disability: A Challenge, Not A Hindrance

Born with intellectual disabilities (ID) in a village called Kottalapalli, Kullayamma had a difficult time as a child. In 2004, she joined the RDT rehabilitation centre for children with ID in Bukkaraya Samudram. Two years later, when she shifted to the Special Olympics Program in Bathalapalli, her life headed in an unexpected direction.

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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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Tennis

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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Softball

In pursuit of the Olympic Dream: From Anantapur to Tokyo 2020

The Olympics is the ultimate dream for most professional athletes around the world, and 21-year old Indian Softball player Jede Radhika is no different.

Radhika, who is from a village called Somana Palli, near Tadipatri in the Anantapur district, is arguably one of the best female Softball players the region has ever produced. She has represented India thrice at the junior level and has now been selected for the senior team in the upcoming Asian University Championship 2018 in China in October.

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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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