HCL Foundation flags off Sports for Change Team Bus in Chennai under flagship program, Sports for Change

New Delhi: HCL Foundation (HCLF), the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of HCL Technologies, has flagged off a Sports for change (SFC) team Bus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under its flagship program Sports for Change. The SFC team bus will enable students to travel and participate in competitions, attend coaching and training around the city. Furthermore, the bus will also help to promote campaigns and spread awareness about sports in the communities and schools.

The ‘Sports For Change’ team bus was flagged off by Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director HCL Foundation and Mr. Alvin Raj, Inspector of Police, Kannagi Nagar, at the Kannagi Nagar Playground in Chennai in the presence of Fr. Leo, Director Don Bosco Anbu Illam, Mr. Mohan Kumar Raja, Indian Olympic Athlete. Mr. Bopanna, International Basketball Player and Mr. Gold M Rajendran, Joint Secretary, Tamil Nadu Amateur Kabaddi Association of Tamil Nadu. During the event, sports achievers were felicitated from HCL Foundation’s Sports for Change initiative.
HCL Foundation under its Sports for Change special initiative aims at enabling balanced participation, excellence and holistic development through a high-quality and inclusive sporting experience for children and youth from disadvantaged communities. The aim of Sports for Change, is to promote grass root sports among the young talents from the most difficult circumstance and deserving communities.

Sports for Change, HCL Foundation’s special initiative, works toward achieving the following objectives:
o Harnessing the positive transformative potential of sports by bridging the access-gap and promoting participation in sports at the grassroots (right to play)
o Promoting play or sports at grassroots, youth to help achieve larger development goals (linking sports with development outcomes)
o Empowering young leaders from disadvantaged communities by channelizing their energy toward play and sports (creating role models)

Since its inception in 2015 as a volunteer-led initiative in Chennai, HCL Foundation’s Sports for Change has supported 21,000+ athletes across India.

About HCL Foundation- HCL Foundation (HCLF) was established in 2011 as the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. It is a not-for-profit- organization that aims to alleviate socio-economic and environmental poverty and achieve inclusive growth and development. Various flagship programs and initiatives of the Foundation, endeavor to contribute toward national and international development goals, bringing about lasting positive impact on people and planet, through long term sustainable programs, ensuring equitable access, opportunities and holistic development for all. Active community engagement ensures optimal long-term gains and upward accountability. HCL Foundation works through Life Cycle Based, Integrated Community Development Approach with thematic focus on Education, Health, Skill Development & Livelihood, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction & Response. Child protective strategies, inclusion and gender transformative approaches remain central in all initiatives of HCL Foundation. Presently HCL Foundation is implementing five flagship programs, namely HCL Samuday & HCL Grant – Rural Development programs; HCL Uday & Clean Noida – Urban Development programs; HCL Harit (The Green Initiative) – Environment Action program and 4 special Initiatives – Power of One, Sports for Change, HCL Foundation Academy and My E-Haat.

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