Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. - John Wooden

TBI Talkies: Hope Through Hoops

Times Of India | Aug 21, 2018

Palghar’s tribal children dribble their way to a promising future

Getting an answer out of Kavita Vaje is not easy. She likes to keep you guessing, then looks at her mother and flashes a coy smile. When she does speak, she knows her mind.

Her neighbour, Prakash Dighe (17), who has also pursued the big orange ball at state matches, is more matter of fact. “I’d like to be a sportsman but if that doesn’t work out I can always join the police force under the sports quota.”

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Fans Of The Game | EP10 | R. & Usha Sundar

Watch how the Sundars moved back to India from the US to transform the lives of tribal children through basketball! Read More

Afternoondc | May 23, 2018

Leap of faith – Afternoon Despatch and Courier (May 23, 2018)

The Afternoon D&C reporter Parth Khatau speaks to R. Sundar, Director, Hi 5 Foundation that provides free basketball coaching to underprivileged children across the city.

On a lazy May afternoon when most school children were probably enjoying a siesta or playing video games during their summer vacations, a handful of students of a BMC school at Vile-Parle east were warming up for basketball training. "We are holding training throughout the summer vacations,"

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DNA | March 17, 2018

Hoops of delight

Tenth standard student Preeti, a tribal village girl at Vajreshwari, about two hours' drive from Mumbai, had not known what basketball was or how a basketball court looked like until she joined Hi 5 Youth Foundation's coaching programme.

Nikhil, also from the same area, is grateful to the opportunity provided to express his skills at basketball on a full-fledged court complete with floodlights built by this non-profit organisation

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The Hindu | Aug 17, 2017

Slam dunk lessons in life

A few trees and scrub dot the landscape. Vehicles whiz by on the lone road, in a hurry to get elsewhere. The Gadge Maharaj Mission school for tribal children in Vajreshwari, a village in Thane district, near Mumbai, sits in unexceptional terrain.

But this summer, the landscape brightened up as a bunch of school kids in fluorescent shorts and vests pounded basketballs, their excited calls piercing the air. The action continued well past sundown: the floodlights flickered on and the children carried on with their drills and matches.

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