In an endeavor to promote sports among women and motivate women athletes, DLF Foundation, a philanthropic arm of DLF Ltd, distributed hockey kits to Gurgaon women’s hockey teams on April 13. A total of 54 kits were distributed among Junior, Sub-Junior and Senior Women’s teams at Government boys senior secondary school, Gurgaon village. The state-of-the- art hockey kit is aligned to international standards.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Gurgaon’s Deputy Commissioner Shri Vinay Pratap Singh, District Sports Officer, Gurugram, Paras Ram, Gurgaon Women Hockey coach, Ashok Pawar, Preeti Bhardwaj, Vice Chairperson, Haryana State Commission for Women, Dr. Vinay Sahni, CEO, DLF Foundation and Gayatri Paul, Director-Programmes, DLF Foundation.
Gurgaon Village has produced the maximum number of hockey players from Haryana. Majority of the women’s hockey team of Gurgaon also has players belonging to Gurgaon village.
On the occasion, Shri Vinay Pratap Singh said, “I want to thank DLF Foundation for taking up this initiative at our request. I hope this will go a long way in benefiting girls and will encourage more participation of girls in hockey and other sports as well.”
Dr. Vinay Sahni, CEO, DLF Foundation said: “Women’s hockey team is a pride of the city and a torchbearer to budding players. This initiative is a part of our efforts to motivate athletes and encourage more women to embrace sports as their profession.”
Manisha Dhawal (20), Senior girls’ team captain who has also played at national level said, “We used to practice without proper equipment and we had to borrow hockey sticks from other team members. We must thank DLF foundation for taking this initiative of providing us with free kits. This is a major step in our growth, we will be able to practice more efficiently now. ”
Payal (18), Junior girls’ team captain, who has also played nationals said, “We are feeling very much delighted and respected by this gesture of DLF Foundation. This initiative of encouraging and promoting women in sports is highly commendable. They have provided us with proper kits which consist of hockey sticks, shoes, shin guards, track suits etc. Now we can practice without getting injured. I can practice better with better equipment.”
“My team is very happy with the support and encouragement extended to us by DLF foundation. This is the first time someone has done such kind of thing for us; we all want to thank them for this kit distribution program”, said Sakshi (15), Captain of Sub-junior team.
Haryana has been at the forefront in encouraging sports. Many players have brought laurels to the state. Haryana was crowned champion in 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Women) National Championship 2018 (A Division) held recently. Hockey is the national game of the country and a recent stellar performance in Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast has lifted hopes.