Dream Football Team at Mahindra Tournament
Season's Greetings from Dream A Dream!
This brings you the report card for Dream Football Program for first half of current academic year; June - November 2010. Overall it has been a great success! This academic year, the program has close to 1000 students from 7 schools across Bangalore already enrolled. The target is to close the year in March reaching out to 1500 children. Students are doing well in schools and on the football field. The highlight of this year has been the participation of 2 teams from Dream Football Program in the Under 14 Mahindra Football Tournament. The participation holds great significance for our children because they got an opportunity to play with some the top football teams in the city; mostly from the city's elite schools. It also provided a platform for selection into Karnataka State team. Dream Team goal keeper, Hemanth Kumar from Balamandira (home for street boys in Bangalore) has been selected for the Under 14 Football training camp and may get a chance to play for 'Under 14 Karnataka' team.
We would also like to introduce to you 2 of our star graduates from Dream Sports Program - Revanna and Manjunath. They truly represents the ‘dream’ we have for each child in Dream Program - to develop the ability to make healthy and productive life choices.
Both Revanna and Manjunath are 19 years old. Studying in college and working as Sports Coordinators cum coaches in Dream Football Program. They have a great desire to share the learnings they had from Dream Program with children from similar vulnerable backgrounds as they come from. This desire of beneficiaries to give back to the program indicates their belief in the programs and its benefits and we at Dream A Dream consider this as our best evidence of impact the program is making to date.
Revanna is currently pursuing his graduation and also working as Sports Coordinator and coach in the Dream Sports Program; achieved through hard work and a will to succeed against all odds. Being born poor and orphaned at a tender age of 9, he was picked up from Bangalore railway station and spent his formative adolescent years in a home for street children where he was introduced to Dream A Dream. According to Ravenna " I want to say 'thank you' to Dream A Dream for making a BIG difference in my life. I did not think I would one day be studying for my graduation (BA degree), able to make a living for myself and pursue my interest in sports like running marathons and playing football". Revanna's success is an inspiration to other children at Dream A Dream. He is constantly looking for ways to inspire children through his coaching; pushing them to work hard and overcome the challenges faced due to their difficult backgrounds.
Manjunath recently got an opportunity through Dream A Dream to participate in the Adidas Exchange Program. According to Manju, “It's one of the memorable moment for me and I feel lucky I had an opportunity to be part of Youth Leadership workshop. Since I see myself as a youth leader it was really fortunate for me to be part of these discussions. First few days I was little nervous to speak but when youth leaders from other organizations shared their journey, it helped me speak, ask questions and share. It was really a wonderful opportunity for me to understand more about youth leadership. We discussed on the topics such as how could we recognize youth leaders, what we could do for developing the leadership skills, qualities of a youth leader and the emergence of the youth leader. At a personal level also it was great for me as I got my first chance to travel in a flight! It was a really exciting experience and my dream come true”.
Thank you for choosing to make a difference to the lives of our children. Your support is truly appreciated. We hope you are satisfied with our updates. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you.
Thank you once again for believing and engaging in our work.
Revanna coaching at Dream Football Program
Manjunath in flight