Stairs is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) which aims to empower the underprivileged youth of India through sports. It was started in 2000 by Siddhartha Upadhyay, a national-level sportsman, brand consultant, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, with Reebok as a partner.
It nurtures the talented sportsmen at the bottom-of-the-pyramid of the society so that they can use this ability as a mean of earning a living and pursue it as a career. Stairs also plays the role of being an agent of lasting social change.
For Siddhartha and Stairs, the right to play is every child’s birthright. Sport can affect a child’s development of self-esteem and self-worth, and transform a child’s life.
The UN recognises sport as the right of every child. Sport is an important instrument in spreading awareness about education and health. Like religion, it binds people and inspires individual. Children who are good at sports usually have better leadership and social skills. Participation in sports increases confidence, risk-taking ability and competitive skills. The children forget all the hardships when they are playing. They have fun, cast aside their worries. For the duration of play kids can be kids.
Stairs has centres in Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.
Already more than 150,000 young people are using our facilities. The number is increasing even as you read this.
Stairs was founded in 2000 by Siddhartha Upadhyay, a brand consultant, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, to empower disadvantaged youth.