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UDAAN – Sports Festival for Specially Abled

February 19, 2013 divider image

Valentine’s Day is all about spreading the message of love and happiness. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 13th Feb 2013, Rotary Club of Nagpur in association with Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Social Welfare Department – Zilla Parishad Nagpur and Hotel Centre Point celebrated this day with a difference.  UDAAN – A Day long Sports Carnival for Specially Abled Children was organised at St Ursula School Ground at Civil Lines Nagpur.


The venue was decorated with colourful flags and balloons. Children started arriving from 8 AM. Many of the schools were from interiors of Nagpur district like Kampthee, Kanhan, Takalghat, and Shrsi etc. At 9 AM Opening ceremony was held, where children from all schools participating in the March-Past on the tunes of band played by Girls of St. Ursula School. Flag hoisting was done at the hands of District Governor Sanjay Meshram and President Atul Shah. Shri Ashish Deshmukh of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital lighted Sports Festival Torch (Mashall). Shri Surendra Pawar Social welfare officer, Zilla Parishad released balloon and thereafter the meet was declared open.  Director Parag Paranjpe administered the oath to all the participants. Chairperson Dr. Rita Bhargava conducted the proceedings.


The festival saw 650 special children from 45 different special schools of Blind, Deaf and Mute, Mentally Challenged and Physically Disabled category competing in 70 sports events like – Relay, Fancy race, Shot-put, soft ball throw, three legged race, sac race, Pick and Run races etc.


These sporting events were held from 9 am to 2 pm. Apart from 650 special kids, around 120 teachers and technical staff from various schools were present to conduct events. More than 100 Rotarians and 80 Rotractors volunteered in different capacity for smooth conduct of this mammoth exercise. The highlight of the event was a showcase volleyball match between team of deaf & mute students and team of Youth Vibes. Team of deaf & mute beat the other team by the margin of 2-1.


The objective of Rotary Club of Nagpur was to make this event into a “Sports Carnival” where these kids were served sumptuous Breakfast to begin with followed by sit down Lunch at noon time. Energy drinks, chocolates, Ice candy, popcorn were distributed through out the day. The Rotarians, Rotaractors and staff of Centre Point Hotel served breakfast and lunch to these children and made them feel comfortable.


Along with sports, it was a joyous day that will remain in the memories of these wonderful kids for long time as they were entertained by Cartoon Character Artists and Musical Program by Singer Niranjan Bobde and his team.  Niranjan and his team presented many wonderful feet taping numbers and children just could not resist dancing to its tune. All participants were given gift hampers, T-shirt, and caps apart from the medals and prizes for the winners.


Like every year Shri Ashish Deshmukh from Lata Mangeshkar Hospital made generous contribution for this event. Shri Surendra Pawar District Social Welfare Officer, Zilla Parishad along with Shri Umesh Wajurkar and his team provided technical assistance for the event. President Atul Shah, Hon. Secretary Shabbar Shakir, Director Parag Paranjpe and Chairperson Dr. Rita Bhargava and her team were there to oversee the project. A big thanks to the team who helped in making  the gift hampers – Jumana Shakir, Divya Das, Fatima Shakir,Varsha Paranjpe, Smita Bhargava, Manju Bhatia, Ritika Singhvi, Richa Sethi and Vandana Agrawal. No words of appreciation are enough for Rotaract Committee led by Sapna Vastani and Jatin Sampat. They were in fact the backbone of this mammoth task. Rtn Cyrus Watchmaker and Ashish Mehadia were rock solid in handling the entire food court. The endeavor of Rotary Club of Nagpur is to instill confidence in these special kids by giving them opportunity to showcase their talent, encourage them and give them self-confidence.

Photo Coverage of the Udaan 2013 is Here.

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