It is believed that sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose – in short, it teaches you about life.
Out “Sports for Empowering Girls” Program was run in the five Gender-Critical Districts of Haryana in 2019 with support from the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.
The program has given the girls lots more than what we had originally imagined. It has given them life skills – the girls are more confident now and are able to stand up for themselves. What’s more, they have dreams, now and they are willing to work hard to make them a reality.
“I have been playing hockey for the last 5 years. Last year, I got the opportunity to play a Sub-district hockey match organized by CSR. I am looking forward to playing zonal level matches next. My dream is to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics. ”– Priya; Hockey Player from R.P.D.A.V Senior Secondary School, Shahabad, Kurukshetra.
As a result of our efforts, three District Level Volleyball Matches were organized in Gurugram, Jhajjar and Mahendragarh, in addition to local matches in their own areas regularly.
In this project we have utilized sports as a means to empower girls. To enroll ambitious girls like Priya, we did numerous enrollment drives for the past six months. These drives were conducted at both stadiums and schools in these 5 districts.
We have sensitized communities to invest in the physical education of the girls from marginalized backgrounds. And we have also been working with district level authorities to influence them and to build advocacy for our efforts.
“Sports provide a platform to the girls from various socio-economic backgrounds to represent our country at the National and International level competitions.”
Ms. Jyoti Rani, District Sports and Youth Officer.