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HCL Foundation opens multi-sports playground for underprivileged kids in Chennai

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HCL Foundation opens multi-sports playground

In collaboration with Don Bosco Anbu Illam and the Hope Foundation, constructs a sports complex and a multisport playground in Kannagi Nagar. On October 18, 2022, the HCL Foundation, the CSR division of HCLTech, opened a Sports Complex and Multi Sports Playground for underprivileged children in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, in collaboration with the NGOs Don Bosco Anbu Illam and Hope Foundation and with assistance from Chennai Corporation and Tambaram Commissionerate.

The facility was officially opened by Dr. Nidhi Pundhir, vice president and director of the HCL Foundation, in the presence of chief guest Mr. A. Amalraj, IPS, commissioner of police for Tambaram. Other guests of honour included Fr. Andrew Stephen Raj, Executive Director of the Hope Foundation, Mr. Ian Correa, CEO of the Hope Foundation, and N. Kamini, IPS, Additional Commissioner, Headquarters & Traffic at the Tambaram Police Commissionerate.

The 1.7 lakh residents of Kannagi Nagar will see this Multi-Sports complex as a ray of hope, opening the door for their kids to get official sports instruction. The size of the sports field is 39,272 square feet. It will be used to encourage kids and teenagers to take part in sports including cricket, football, and track & field. The sports complex includes a 100-meter running track, two cricket nets, a volleyball court, a kabaddi court, a football field, a rugby field, and a rugby court. More than 30,000 kids and young people from the slum community will benefit from this area.

Children’s physical and mental development depends heavily on sport and physical education. The multi-sports complex offers sports including touch rugby, kabaddi, volleyball, football, cricket, and many others. However, playing organized sports is a pipe dream for underprivileged kids and teenagers. Despite their physical prowess, many children from underprivileged households are forced to give up their passion for sports because of a lack of resources and possibilities in their neighbourhoods.

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Children of all ages, genders, and races will benefit from the sports complex in terms of wellbeing.

Numerous sporting prodigies have already been identified and developed. More than 800 Gurukul community members and 250+ Elite athletes have had access to year-round sports instruction and facilities. Additionally, 230 kids will be served by this facility.

The HCL Foundation (HCLF) was started in 2011 as the company’s CSR division. It is a non-profit organization that works to advance local, national, and global development objectives by implementing long-lasting, sustainable projects that have a beneficial influence on people’s lives. The organization wants to promote equitable growth and development while also reducing poverty. Upward accountability and ideal long-term achievements are guaranteed by active community engagement. With a theme focus on Education, Health, Skill Development & Livelihood, Environment, and Disaster Risk Reduction & Response, HCL Foundation works through a life cycle-based, integrated community development approach.

Commissioner of Police for Tambaram, Amalraj, IPS, stated, “Today, numerous young people in Kannagi Nagar are actively indulging in sports. Our state’s kabaddi champion, Ms. Anitha, who is from this area, is here with us today. Nothing, in my opinion, can stop us from establishing a favourable environment for instilling confidence in the youngsters to pursue their ambitions, thanks to the amazing assistance of the HCL Foundation, Hope Foundation, Don Bosco Anbu Illam, and corporate representatives from the Slum Clearance Board.