Empower girls in rural India to be Champions

by Mann Deshi Foundation
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Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions
Empower girls in rural India to be Champions

MANN DESHI FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM

The objective of the Mann Deshi foundation’s Champions program has always been to help majorities of young women athletes from which most of them are belong to NT/ SC/OBC/STs communities. Its main focus is on Improving their achievement in sports and build a positive self-image in order to boost their confidence. Mann Deshi foundation established Program training centers including Mann Deshi Champions center, Sanas ground, Nasik Government Sports School, Balewadi Sports School, etc. these centers provide training in track, wrestling, swimming, badminton, field hockey. Also, these centers prepare their participants for the competition through physical fitness regimens and personal development workshops.  

THE STANDARD CURRICULUM OF THE PROGRAM-

The standard curriculum of this program is based on physical sports-related training. The training is held for 3 to 5 hours, including expert sessions and visits from guest coaches from the sports industry, individual-based sports training, field trips, and opportunities to speak on the Mann Deshi Community Radio. The program provides nutritious meals, nutrition sessions, proteins, accommodations, facilities, including Gym, a Swimming pool, a 400m track, a Wrestling area, physiotherapy. Many athletes enrolled in our Championship program. Among those enrolled, many athletes compete at the National and International levels.

The wrestling program consists of a Total of in-person 20 wrestling sessions by coach Hangeshwar and coach Mahaling. It is divided into two sessions, Morning and evening, two hours each. There is a Segregation of athletes for upcoming year’s competitions—athlete Harshad endurance and performance check. In August, we will be sending him to Chatrashal stadium in Delhi. 

The wrestling program for Female athletes started in person after a long break of covid. The first two weeks of the training focused on physical fitness and endurance. During these sessions, we provide nutrition and protein to all the athletes daily. Due to the times of COVID-19, we started conducting online workshops through the Zoom platform. We conducted a session of Chakravarti mam based on nutrition, a session of Paresh sir regarding conditioning and gym, then Kiran sir conducted a session for a confidence booster

Wrestling: Total in-person 20 wrestling sessions by coach Hangeshwar, coach Mahaling, and coach Reema. Morning and evening are two and half hours each—athlete Prasad Pukales's assessment and planning of the following year’s University Competitions. Athlete Kiran Bhagat came back from Delhi for a week of rest. Zoom and in-person session with coach Paresh for gym and conditioning.  In our wrestling program, Coach Reema and Hangeshwar arranged a small scouting camp for female scout wrestlers. New athletes added for athlete program: athlete Mumtaj’s workout planning and addition of heavyweights. Also, we organized Two Zoom sessions with the conditioning coach from Pune, Coach Arshad, three zoom sessions with other national athletes, and a Zoom session with Coach Paresh.

Track and Field:

We arranged 18 in-person sessions of all running and field events by coach Babar, coach Dhula, and coach Virkar in the morning and the evening, three hours each. We observed an increase in the number of athletes due to relaxation in the lockdown. Vaishnavi 400m relay athlete came for the practice after a long covid gap. Head coach Justin planned the workout for the next two months for athletes Dada and Shivani. Mann Deshi Champions started the village bus service to pick up all the athletes from their respective village

In our Track and Field program, we conduct 18 in-person sessions for all running and field events by coach Babar, coach Dhula, and coach Virkar. The training for this is also divided into two sessions i. e—morning and Evening sessions, each for three hours. Due to the relaxation in the regulations of lockdown, there is an increase in the number of athletes.

Vaishnavi, a 400m relay athlete, came for the practice after a long covid gap.  Conditioning and gym, Zoom session with Nutritionist Ms. Chakravarti. Head coach Justin planned the workout for the next two months for athletes Dada and Shivani. We arranged a zoom session with coach Justin per week, an A-Zoom session of Paresh sir for conditioning and gym, Zoom session with Nutritionist Ms. Chakravarti.

Then, we conducted 22 in-person sessions for all running and field events by coach Babar, coach Dhula, and coach Virkar in the morning and evening, three hours each. There is an increase in the number of athletes. Sneha, the hammer throw athlete, came for the practice after a long covid gap. Head coach Justin collected videos of all the athletes and, over a call, corrected the positions. Also, we arranged Zoom and in-person sessions with coach Paresh for gym and conditioning. Foundation started two buses service to pick up all the athletes from their respective villages.

 

SWIMMING 

In our swimming program, there are a total of 10 in-person sessions in July due to the lockdown. Coach Savita is in charge of training national athlete Balu for next year’s competition. Coach Savita also arranged a scouting session in July where she has enrolled new athletes for swimming. 

 

FIELD HOCKEY-

Kajal and Ashwini were at the Champions center last year; Kajal plans to leave for the Haryana academy late August. Every day Kajal and Ashwini are working on their hockey skill-set and muscle building with the coach Paresh over a zoom call and in-person. Zoom session of Chakravarti mam for nutrition, Zoom session of Paresh sir for conditioning and gym.

SUCCESS 

  • Sneha is Selected for the Olympic trials; Sneha also represented India in 2017 for the Hammer Throw. 
  • Aditi won the gold medal in the Junior national championship for Discuss Throw
  • Sudeshna has been selected for the India Camp for 100/200 m and also won gold and silver at the nationals

 

SUCCESS STORY

Aditi belongs to a small taluka of Maharashtra. Her father is passionate about sports since he is a retired army soldier. Her father used to play Basketball. she is trying to get qualified for the World Youth Championship. For the last two years, she has been training with the Mann Deshi Champions program. Aditi is a hardworking athlete who inspires to win a medal in the future Olympics. On several occasions in the state championships, Aditi has her record, and despite being under 18, Aditi has participated in the open age group and won medals. Aditi has won awards in double digits. At that moment, Aditi went to Haryana for training.

 

Last year due to covid, she could not participate in competitions but worked hard, and she could receive the required training, equipment, and adequate diet. In July, Aditi won the gold medal at the Junior national athletics championship. 

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In India, we are facing a very challenging time. We are under a strict lockdown, and everyday covid numbers in India are increasing; as we speak, we are over 400,000 per day. Covid positive patients cannot find oxygen beds, medicines, and CT scans, especially in the rural areas, Grimm, and many people are losing their loved ones.

 

In this situation at Mann Deshi Champions, we had provided home delivery nutritious food to our athletes and zoom sessions on sports and education.

 

A conditioning routine can help athletes boost and maintain immunity, minimize the effects of detraining, facilitate the return to a routine, and improve tactical knowledge. In addition, attention to athletes' mental health and dietary habits is needed in this period of lockdown. Strength and conditioning professionals, teams, and athletes who are able to adopt these measures will experience less difficulty when returning to their normal training and competition routines.

During the Lockdown ZOOM SESSIONS

 

Hamid: Importance of coaching and Mentorship in Sports

Mr. Hamid, a national gold medalist in Basketball and sports consultant for Basketball and Wrestling, spoke about the importance of mentorship, the Importance of discipline in your daily life, respect to your coach and teachers

 

Anurag:  Educational

Mr. Anurag spoke about Maharashtra's history, from Sindhudurg fort to all over the Western Ghats, Fort Zanjira, and the Maratha emperor's Importance in the region to Ajanta Ellora caves.

 

Harsh: English speaking course for all the students over a zoom session. Harsh shared the story with all the students in English and then told them to say the same story back to all the students. Harsh gave insights into how to speak English quickly by reading comic books and watching movies.

 

Justin:

Regular bi-weekly coaching for middle-distance and long-distance athletes from International coach Justin woods via zoom call. Justin prepares workout plans and mentorship for the runners.

 

In-person Guest Visit: Before the lockdown December to Feb

Unfortunately, due to the covid19 norms, we were managed to do only two in-person guest visit in March 2021

 

Hangeshwar: Wrestling

Mr. Hangeshwar spoke to all the girls about the history of wrestling, how wrestling traditionally started in Maharashtra, the Olympic history of wrestling, the benefit of exercises, information on the wrestling leagues.

 

Sriram: Sports athlete and CISF forces employee

Mr. Sriram took the effort to coach our athletes for over a month in track and field.  Since Mr. Sriram is a record holder in the police meets in 1500 m, he guided them about cutting down the timing while running; he taught them about injuries, warm-ups, and proper techniques.

 

Abhishek: Abhishek is a long-distance triathlete and Ultraman. Abhishek, sir, coached some of our long-distance runners; he visited Mann Deshi for two days.

 

Aparna: Aparna is a commonwealth medalist, Olympian, and Arjuna awardee. I visited Mann Deshi and mentored all our elite athletes. Aparna was in Mann Deshi for two days.

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Shivani, a new generation athletic sensation. This 8th Standard girl is competing with and sometimes beating the national medallists in local competitions. The 13 years Old’s potential is getting nurtured at the Mann Deshi Facility. It will be super interesting when she will be participating in the higher stages. She belongs to a family of farmers like most girls in the area, and she loves farming. Her parents are hardly aware of her achievements and potential. They are only aware that she likes to run, which is what she is doing. She herself is yet to recognize the hidden potential. For 400m, cloaking 1.07 during the trials under 13 is equivalent to a national junior record. She is an active participant in the personality development workshops and always makes people laugh with her acting performance. She is also learning the swimming techniques at the Mann Deshi Champions swimming pool. When she first arrived at the Mann Deshi center, she was quite shy and hardly spoke with anyone. She just liked running but wasn’t aware of the tactical aspects. The participation in local competitions and expert coaching is turning her into a next-level athlete.

 

Another multi-talented Rupali is the most studious among all at the Champions facility. Though shy and very less spoken, an eleventh standard science student has diverse interests other than sports. Every day she used to walk for 8 kilometers to her college and back other than the routine practice. She recently received a bicycle from Mann Deshi to commute. She has a keen interest in astrophysics and, if received proper guidance, has the potential to get into a good university. When she joined Mann Deshi Champions, we had to work on her basics during the lockdown period. She is a long-distance runner Practicing for 3km, 5km, and 10km. From a very humble background, she has very high dreams about her academics as well, and also, during one of the workshops, we realized that She is a nice singer as well. We think she has a lot of potentials that we can tap upon.

 

Way forward with opening up of the routine activities, we are looking forward to 2021 with great hopes. We have ready to take on the new challenges in upcoming competitions and the next level of personal developments. We hope to inculcate the following Sports Conference: With the immense success of the state-level online conference that we held in July for coaches and primary school teachers of Government schools, we are ready to go ahead with the next phase of the initiative with the cooperation of education department. Through this conference, basic sporting education shall be created among the local district's primary schools.

 

Robust Coaching: We have added several coaches to our team for track and field and swimming. With a focus on the upcoming competitions, online coaching is there, but we are also getting regular in-person guidance from the expert coaches from the paramilitary. We are hoping to have a great season ahead. Gymnasium & Swimming Pool: With the infrastructure in place, The Gymnasium facility will be ready in the next few months with state of the art equipment for holistic development. The well-equipped swimming pool is already in place and has been used for national level swimmers and other athletes for recovery and building techniques.

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Kajal is a national-level field hockey player. She has represented Maharashtra in several events and competitions, and before the pandemic held Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati, she even added a bronze medal to her name, blazing a trail for many a budding athlete like her. But as promising as it all sounds, the beginning of Kajal’s sports career was rather bumpy. Kajal is a national-level field hockey player When most girls of her age would carry school bags on their back, Kajal had slightly different responsibilities on her shoulders. Instead of books, it was fodder for her cattle on her head, and in place of a carefree childhood, the duties of an elder sister on her mind. For Kajal, the daughter of daily wage labourers who earned a living by cutting sugarcanes on the fields of other farmers, basic rights like education and schooling – let alone extracurricular activities and sports – were almost out of question. Even survival came at a great cost sometimes. Kajal says “In the sugarcane fields, you always have to be alert since there are lots of venomous snakes like kraits, saw-scaled vipers and cobras,” She recalls, “When I was younger, I knew how to identify them, and I was quick to spot them as well - especially kraits, which are difficult to spot, since they are tiny, and more venomous.” Amidst these childhood musings, however, Kajal’s story of overcoming hardships and pursuing a life beyond a hand-to-mouth existence is not lost. There was a time when her family used to earn less than Rs 300 a day (combining the daily wage of all the family members). For a family of seven, this was barely sufficient for making ends meet. From adversity to opportunity Around seven years ago, however, things took a turn for Kajal. The teenager was introduced to the Mann Deshi Champions Sports programme. Initially, Kajal, like most others who were drawn to the sports programme, was also tempted by the idea of a nutritious meal at the sports academy. However, with time, the love for sports – and her skills at field hockey – would take precedence, luring the then-10-year-old to take up the game with a more serious approach. Kajal was fast and quick since she worked in the sugarcane fields. Soon Kajal began representing Maharashtra at several state and national-level competitions. Kajal’s goal is to represent for India in the Olympics next and she wants to go to Netherlands and play for field hockey club there. While harbouring dreams of a brighter future, Kajal is also acutely aware of her circumstances. She knows that in these parts of rural India, where girls are still struggling with social menaces like illiteracy, child marriage etc., introduction of sports could have a much larger impact, beyond the possibilities of a career or a hobby. In fact, her own life is a testament to this impact. She says, “It is because of sports that I am still not married; my elder sisters were married off at the age of 15 and 17. Hockey has been the main part of Kajal’s life, Hockey also gave Kajal an opportunity to be in the flight. Since she had only watched planes flying above while she was cutting the sugarcane and today because of sports she is sitting inside them. Due to the pandemic, Kajal’s parents have lost their daily wage-labouring jobs. Now Kajal stays at the Mann Deshi Champions accommodation facility where she trains daily, lives with the other girls and eats nutritious protein based diet. All has been provided by Mann Deshi Champions.

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Mann Deshi Champions Sports Program allows rural and tribal children to play sports and eat nutritious food. That draw to eat an egg and banana eventually led to Kajal becoming one of the best hockey players in the state of Maharashtra. Kajal introduced her friend Sarita, who comes from a family of shepherds who walk 300 km a year in search of water for their sheep, to the program. Sarita, who had developed a keen ear and was an excellent wolf tracker, also developed a natural affinity for hockey and now plays with Kajal on the state team. Unlike other fifteen-year-old girls in their village who worry about being pressured to drop out of school or marry early, Kajal and Sarita dream of being selected for the Indian Olympic hockey team. And their families support them. This is because sports has given them the freedom they could never have imagined - money. With the lockdown and covid19 pandemic, things are very different for rural national level athletes in India like Sarita and Kajal. They are struggling to find food for their families in the midst of a complete lockdown. With their savings fast depleting, they are contributing to the family's or neighbors' field, earning a daily wage. They are busy cooking for their large families, finding wood for fuel, and taking care of their younger siblings. 

 

At Mann Deshi, we are concern about our athletes. Since Mann Deshi Champions athletes come from a tribal and rural background, they are unable to receive adequate nutrition. Just the other day, when one of our coaches called to check-in, one aspiring young athlete said that he missed eating the dates he gets at the Mann Deshi Champions ground. There is a possibility athlete like Reshma, Sarita, and Kajal who joined sports to go away from child marriage, If covid19 continues for some-time, lot of rural athletes will end up leaving the sports and will get married.

 

Here are some efforts of Mann Deshi Champions to deal with the pandemic.

  1. Plant a tree and eat a nutritious meal with protein

Though Mann Deshi Champions is providing protein bags to over 300 athletes, bags are consists of dates, eggs, bananas, vitamins, and protein powder. Along with the protein bags, Mann Deshi Champions are providing two trees, a Mango, and a Neem tree, so in the lockdown, they could take care of the trees. 

To support the athletes and give them confidence, Mann Deshi has been doing zoom calls with tribal and rural Mann Deshi's athletes and Olympians/ International Champions. In this mentorship session, Mann Deshi Champions and International elite athletes discuss their daily lives, sports techniques, coaching, and diet

 

 

  1. Get to know Mann Deshi athlete: Psychological Counseling:

Mann Deshi Champions athletes come from tribal and rural communities, at the midst of lockdown, Mann Deshi Champions athletes are facing challenges of hunger, coaching, and support. To mentally prepare them, Mann Deshi Champions came up with a unique idea where International level athletes, Olympians, and top professional athletes, mentors, the nutritionist will have zoom calls with the Mann Deshi Champions athletes.  In this mentorship session, Mann Deshi Champions and International elite athletes discuss their daily lives, sports techniques, coaching, and diet. The idea to support each other and share their perspective to survive in this pandemic.

While speaking with Aparna, a badminton Olympian, one of the Mann Deshi Champions athlete Reshma a marathon runner shared with her experience of getting rejected and bullying at the beginning of her career but sports is what helped her out to fight back. Similar things had happened with Aparna, who is an Olympian and commonwealth games, medalist. Similarly, Erin a WNBA player spoke about the importance of coaching and leadership.

 

In May, Mann Deshi Champions had about 10 Zoom sessions with different athletes, coaches, and mentors.

 

  1. Mann Deshi Champions digital platform:

 

Mann Deshi Champions coaches are providing all our athlete's guidance of workout, injuries, nutrition through phone, video calling, and WhatsApp videos. Every week our coaches are putting up videos of wrestling, track, and field, endurance workouts, etc. Athletes who can use or have access to WhatsApp are daily doing exercises through the videos

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Mann Deshi Foundation

Location: Mhaswad, Maharashtra - India
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Prabhat Sinha
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