I hope this update finds you well and the New Year has gotten off to as great of a start for you as it has for Yuwa! Here are the most recent Yuwa happenings on the ground in India.
3 Yuwa girls chosen for U-13 India National Camp
The head of women's teams for the All-India Football Federation was in the villages, and she was impressed enough to take a big political risk by taking 3 girls directly from Yuwa to the U-13 national camp! Shivani (11yo), Neeta (12) and Manisha (12) were the Yuwa girls selected. Shivani has been described as a "tyrant" on defense and has observed in photos that her feet never seem to be on the ground (although maybe it's the same for everyone... here's Neeta http://bit.ly/wxVkVg). Here are some of our intern Quinn's photos from the week.
Nike Gamechangers Classroom
After much anticipation, development of the Yuwa classroom and play field complex is underway!
To follow progress and view photos of the project: http://bit.ly/xwWDwp
The project is expected to be complete in May. Stay tuned for update in a few months!
In 2011, Yuwa won an award to make a new educational facility and football field with the help of a design team and $25,000; this was awarded by GAMECHANGERS. Gamechangers is a campaign run by Architecture for Humanity and Nike Inc. to empower youth through sports by proposing programs that spur social and economic development in a community.
Yuwa wins National Award on NDTV
In a Grand Finale, NDTV celebrated the success of the ‘Marks for Sports’ campaign with the ‘Spirit of Sport’ awards held at the ITC Maurya Sheraton today. As part of the celebration, NDTV acknowledged excellence in sports by honoring renowned sports personalities across 14 categories.
Franz Gastler accepted the national award for Best Promotion of Sports in Education from Milkha Singh and Ranbir Kapoor. Read More at: http://www.exchange4media.com/45254_ndtv-celebrates-the-%E2%80%98spirit-of-sport%E2%80%99.html
Recent Media Coverage
"Yuwa is not just an initiative, but a movement now" - Franz Gastler After a close match with a senior India woman squad, two Yuwa players were named to the India under-13 squad. Read the story from the Hindustan Times.
Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson traveled to Jharkhand to visit Yuwa in January. Lohman and Sanderson have founded the JoLi Academy, a for-profit business that has a philanthropic bent. They are interested in spreading their talents and learning from Yuwa's success. Read more on ESPNW.