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Dallas; August 12, 2010
51 games, 7 grounds, 240 players, 9 dedicated
volunteers, 12 hours non-stop cricket - AshaJyothi's Dallas event was
one of a kind with a lot of action on the ground. But the real reason
that this is such a commendable effort is because of what the
organization's volunteers do when not on the ground.
The organization supports physical and
occupational therapies for special needs children in partnership with
the AshaJyothi in Hanuman Junction, India. The AshaJyothi cricket
event aimed to raise funds for a variety of equipment including - a
therapy room for ongoing evaluation, providing equipment for balance
and mobility rehabilitation, children aids such as crutches and
cerebral palsy chairs, etc.
The day began early in the morning on August 7th around 6.00AM and
lasted till late evening 9:45PM. There were a total of 51 matches
conducted in one day.
The rules made the game really interesting and none of the matches were one-sided.
Each team stepped up and played as if they were
playing for the world cup. Due to bad light, the finals could not be
finished and the two teams 7 idiots and Outlaws shared the Men's trophy.
Congratulations to both the teams who showed that
it was not about winning or losing but everyone is a winner when it
comes to a fundraising tournament for helping kids.
Three cheerful womens teams participated for the
cause and enjoyed playing the game setting an example to all the women
in DFW metroplex. Chak De Dallas won the Women's Ashajyothi USA Trophy
For the 3 junior kids teams, a first experience
for some kids, it was an opportunity to display good sportsmanship
regardless of the results. Shocking Sparks took home the silverware.
Four teams participated in the senior kids
tournament. Due to bad light the organizers decided to postpone the
finals between Badmash Company and Easterly Beasts.
KC Chekuri of Yuva Radio; Desiplaza.us
AITC, Saxon Global , ePace Technologies, Veritis, Primus, Cigniti, Primus Global Services Inc, Techgene,
Techstar, Intellisoft , Centaurus, Mayuri, Hotbreads, Sridhar
Kantamsetty, Amit Gumman, Sasirekha Gandrothu, Deepa Challa, Sangeeta
Ganti, Arjun Kantamsetty, Richaritha Gundlapalli
Umpires: Ravi Charan, Satya Modugula,
Harnath Kanukolanu, Naresh Kasu, Jaya Prakash Jetti, Sridhar Rayaprolu,
Vinayak Mankal, Kuljit Singh Nijjar, Amit Gumman, Srinivasarao
Kilaparti, Abhishek Goyal , Ravi Kantamsetty
Photography: Sridhar Rayaprolu, Ravi Kantamsetty
Volunteers: Rajani Kasu, Varsha
Sareen, Vasundhara Sareen , Apoorv Sareen, Mala Sareen , Rajeev Sareen
, Robin Singh , Anjali , Ravi, Birinder Singh Nijjar ,Simran Nijjar,
Sarayu Kantamsetty , Arjun Kantamsetty , Dhruv Kantamsetty, Madhavi
Adari , Jaya Morisetti, Krishna Uppalapati, Deepa Challa, Satish
Bommineni, Srinivasarao Kilaparti, Durga
More info: Please contact Kuljit Singh Nijjar, http://www.ashajyothiusa.org