On April 20th, Gaurav Natekar - Asian Games gold medallist, India's former number 1 tennis player and CEO of Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis academies (MBTA) - visited our second Khelshala site Majra in order to host an MBTA/Khelshala Camp in September.
A fruitful association began in May 2017 between Khelshala and the Rotary Club when they offered one of our kids, Abhishek Kumar to take part for free in one of their RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camps. On July 8th, an entire team of the Rotary (including their treasurer, secretary and Director) came to Khelshala for a presentation on dental hygiene and cancer awareness, attended by all our kids and their parents.
Extra curricular: On may 17th 2017, Khelshala introduces Martial Arts to the kids, appointing Mr. Rajiv Kumar to teach them self defence and help them develop their mental and physical strength over the summer.
From November 26th to 30th, Khelshala hosted its first 2 star National Circuit Squash Tournament in Chandigarh, sanctioned by S.R.F.I. 164 junior squash players from all over India competed, including 22 of our own kids. 2 of them - Akhilesh and Sonu Kumar - made it to the quarter finals while Abhishek Kumar progressed to the semi finals and finished 4th.
Tim Wyant, a founder member and currently the President of NUSEA (National Urban Squash and Education Association), visited Khelshala in Chandigarh on 12th June 2015 and interacted with the children and staff at both our sites at Majra and Attawa.
This sports day was a resounding success and was attended by 200 people from different walks of life. The day commenced with the Tri-Village march in which students from Primary & Secondary School from vilage Majra, Khelshala children and staff along with the team from St. John’s School Chandigarh and other local communities participated with enthusiasm.
All sporting activities like volleyball, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, fun athletics were enjoyed by everyone. Other activities like dance, aerobics, yoga added to the fun. The main highlight of the day was the tug of war, which involved all age groups and enabled them to mix with each other and break the ice.
Everyone had a gala time and we hope to exceed the number of attendees next year with all the love and support we get.
Priya Gupta, who has been a student at Khelshala since Khelshala was founded back in 2009, was recently invited to participate in a TV discussion about the role of sports as a part of education in a child's life. She was part of the panel in the pilot episode of Bollywood star Aamir Khan's new live TV show Mumkin Hai.
We are proud of the way Priya handled herself on the show and of the answers she gave in the presence of eminent TV and sports personalities including the likes of Aamir Khan, Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh.
Priya is one of Khelshala's most promising students. She was the recipient of a full scholarship to Sacred Heart, a private school in Chandigarh, and ranked 15th in squash in the nation. Even though she is still a student herself, Priya also mentors younger children at Khelshala.
The show aired live on Star TV at 12.30pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
A team from internationally reputed IT company Winshuttle, recently visited us at Khelshala to review our computer lab. They have been kind enough to offer to support and develop a computer curriculum for our students to follow.