03 Dec Playing on-field for fun and exposure
We’re all storytellers.
We tell stories to make a point, to imagine a possible future, to remind, to comfort & sometimes to inspire!
Here is one such inspirational story from our Bengaluru team. One of our volunteers Budha enrolled 7 children from our sports project into “Ronaldo Football Club” for a tournament in October this year. He intended to provide these children an exposure at a higher level and build their competitive spirit.
What strikingly stood out at the tournament was the difference in the age limits between our children and their opponents. While Bhumi children were aged around 14-16 years, the opposite team had strong and mature players aged from 25-30 years. Yet, this did not seem like any deterrent for our young determined team who stood their ground for 5 matches in a row and won two, giving the opponents a tough fight!
Seeing their winning spirits and tough performance, the organisers were so impressed that they decided to gift them with sports merchandise and also invite them for future tournaments.
When asked about his experience, Budha shared – “This event helped them to learn about their capabilities and taught them to overcome the fear of playing with adults. They played all the matches very confidently.”
Children were very excited after the match and amongst all the energy and celebrations this what Aryan one of the boys excitedly shared ” It was a new challenge for us to test our skills with older players, but we learned a lot from them which we will now apply in future tournaments,” his friend Tusher joined him in saying “ We took this tournament as a big challenge for our ability as a footballer. Other teams were very supportive and constantly encouraged all our players by calling their names and congratulating them”
This story is a testimony to the famous quote “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!”
Only because of their strong determination these children performed so well. We are incredibly grateful to Budha for providing this platform to them.
WordSmith: Ranjith Kumar, Changedriver
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.