Ajinkya Rahane Mentors Students from Salaam Bombay Foundation’s Fitness Program
The Salaam Bombay Foundation's (SBF) Sports Academy hosted a mentoring session with Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane for its 'Fitness Monitors,' adolescent students from municipal or government-aided schools who are trained through the Academy's Fitness Programme and handpicked for their long-term interest in fitness.
The event's purpose was to motivate adolescents to adopt a healthy lifestyle while also being change agents in their communities. The children had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Rahane as part of the programme, where they learnt about his fitness journey on his road to becoming one of India's top cricketers.
SBF also created entertaining exercise activities for Rahane and the pupils that blended parts of cricket, fitness, and motor skill development.
"We are honoured to have a youth icon such as Ajinkya Rahane mentor our students and inspire them to reach for the stars," stated Padmini Sekhsaria, Founder of Salaam Bombay Foundation.
We work with disadvantaged teenagers from low-income families who have little or no access to physical activity and sports. At the Salaam Bombay Foundation, we think that the playground can be a powerful instrument for achieving a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind.
Our objective is to improve the attitudes of these adolescents via sports and fitness, inspiring them to stay in school and complete their education. His presence on the ground will help galvanise this segment of society, where a lack of resources almost always leads to a lack of interest in health and fitness.
We hope Ajinkya would continue to provide such motivating seminars for our students. We applaud his efforts and dedication to developing a Fit India for future generations."
Until now, the Salaam Bombay Sports Academy has taught 2,200 students (1,050 or approximately 48% of them are girls) under the "Fitness Programme," of whom 100 have been chosen as "Fitness Monitors.
"Over the previous year, our adolescent "Fitness Monitors" trained over 4,400 community people across India under the "Fitizens Programme."