Sachin Tendulkar foundation to construct basketball court in Chittoor girls’ school

Sachin Tendulkar foundation to construct basketball court in Chittoor girls’ school

Monday 25 March 2024

Visakhapatnam: With an objective to empower underprivileged children by providing them grassroots-level basketball programme, Hi5 Youth Foundation has partnered with Sachin Tendulkar Foundation (STF) to construct basketball courts in Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. These will be the fifth and sixth basketball courts to be developed with the support of STF.

It may be noted that Hi 5 Youth Foundation and STF have been collaborating to build sports infrastructure in schools since 2020.

The new basketball court venue would be APSWR school in Chittoor, which is also known as Dr BR Ambedkar Gurukulam. The school is home to aorund 400 girl students from grades five to 10. Andhra Pradesh basketball association conducts state camps and prepares teams for national tournaments here.

Speaking about the collaboration, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said sports is a powerful tool that not only keeps children physically fit but also builds character, self-esteem, and confidence.

“It empowers children from marginalised backgrounds with the required skills that can help them succeed in all fields of life. The expansion of our association with Hi 5 Youth Foundation to develop two more basketball courts for children in tribal communities and girls, in particular, is one more step in our vision to transform India from a sports-watching nation to a sports-playing nation,” said Tendulkar.

Hi 5 Youth Foundation founder Usha Sundar said they are excited about partnering with STF in their mission to promote sports and empower youth. “Creating inclusive spaces will help young talents thrive and bring communities together. STF currently supports 300 children at its tribal centres in Maharashtra. The foundation has built two half-courts and one full court in a remote village in Gujarat and another full court at the Parivaar Education Society campus in West Bengal,” she said.

Apart from Chittoor, the second court will be built at RKM School in Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh. Established in 1966, this school focuses on uplifting the underprivileged tribal community in the north-eastern state through education, healthcare, and livelihood initiatives.