Stairs Founder and Secretary General visit Stairs centers in Himachal Pradesh
Una, 18th June, 2012: After the enormous success of Uflex Khelo Dilli, Stairs, a non-profit organization working towards sports, education and health of underprivileged children, has taken the philanthropic endeavor – ‘Stairs Khelo Himachal’ to Himachal Pradesh. Stairs Founder and Secretary General, Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay today visited the Stairs centers in Himachal Pradesh and encouraged the underprivileged children regularly playing at these centers.
Stairs Khelo Himachal is already underway in 15 Stairs centers covering more than 100 villages of Himachal Pradesh. These sports centers provide free of cost – space, infrastructure and sports equipment to the less fortunate children of Himachal Pradesh. As apart of Stairs Khelo Himachal, altogether 6 sports are being undertaken including Volleyball, Football, Hockey, Kabaddi, Basketball and Handball.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, Stairs, said, “ It is heartening to see so many children play regularly at our centers and benefit from a host of facilities provided at these centers. It clearly reflects the level of interest these children have in sports. The cornerstone of Stairs Khelo Himachal is to provide an opportunity to the underprivileged children to simply come out and play and enjoy themselves. The programme is built on the fact that children who play sports are likely to excel not only on the playing field, but also in life through self-esteem and leadership skills. Through Stairs Khelo Himachal, we are able to bring marginalized youth together in an environment that fosters healthy competition, builds self-esteem and social integration. We understand the importance of sports for the underprivileged youth which is why we are deeply committed towards the cause. Like Uflex Khelo Dilli, I am confident Khelo Himachal will be a huge success and encourage the youth to play”.
Apart from Khelo Himachal, Stairs has been organizing annual sporting events like the Uflex Stairs Sombhadra Khel Mahotsav and the Uflex Stairs Cricket Championship in Una, Himachal Pradesh. Both these events have seen overwhelming participation and are an integral part of Stairs’ sporting calendar.
Since its inception in 2005, Stairs has been actively involved in the upliftment of the less fortunate children mainly through the field of sports by organizing cricket championships. The sporting initiatives undertaken by Stairs are aimed at providing a platform to these children to hone their skills and showcase their talent through camps. Stairs understands the amount of talent that exists among these children and believes in creating opportunities so that their talent is rightly tapped and nurtured. Talented children are chosen from these camps and provided coaching, sports scholarship and sports gear.