Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Para Athlos 2012

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence” - George F. Will

The Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) , organised ‘Para Athlos’, a sports meet for differently abled children at the XIMB grounds on the evening of 26th January 2012, commemorating the 63rd Republic Day of India. Through Para Athlos, Social Responsibility Cell, XIMB seeks to let our especially abled friends spread their wings and take flight in the sports arena. Yet another occasion of spreading the contagion of smile!

The event was organized in association with the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Metro, and around 80 students from the 2 schools: Shri Harsha Memorial School for the Deaf and School for Deaf and Dumb, Palaspalli, participated in Para Athlos with vigour and enthusiasm. The joy and happiness on the faces of the children was visible from the moment they entered the campus. We had organized various activities for the children in the three categories: Junior Boys, Senior Boys and Girls. The talent, the attitude and the team spirit shown by the kids were commendable. The various activities were 100 m and 50 m relay races, sack race, toffee race, balloon race, throw ball and volley ball.

The children proved their mettle in all the activities and the audience passionately cheered and motivated them. The girls enjoyed the toffee and the balloon race. The boys were as enthusiastic as ever. The right attitude displayed by the kids was a lesson in itself. It is not important that you won or lost, but how you played the game. The kids just enjoyed the various games and marked the true spirit of sports.

The activities were followed by a friendly throw ball match between the Rotary and Inner Wheel members and the participating students. After a spectacular show the students enjoyed the snacks and interacted with all of us. It was overwhelming to see that the kids remembered us as we had visited their school earlier on other occasions like Independence Day and Children’s Day. Captain S.S. Mohanty, President, Rotary Club, Rotarian Gopinath Sarangi and IPP Prof. Gopal Krishna Nayak gave away the prizes and certificates to the winners. This was followed by a small speech by Father P D Thomas.

The event was a great success and all of us are proud to be a part of such a spectacular event. The joy, the happiness, the zeal, the passion, the talent, the team spirit, the vigour and the enthusiasm, all were witnessed during those 5 hours. We, the SRC team, aim at making a small but sustainable difference in the lives of the less privileged and Para Athlos was a remarkable step towards this goal.


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