Lenin Nagar is a small, badly regarded community in Ananthapuram which consists primarily of immigrants from the neighbouring districts. Majority of the population in Lenin Nagar works as domestic helpers and labourers in the local brick factory and very few of their children attend daily schools.
Dilip Verma is a bright, enthusiastic child from Lenin Nagar who first joined the NETS programme through a summer camp organised in 2012. The programme allows Dilip not only to hone his Tennis skills, but also receive daily English and Computer lessons, along with being provided a nutritious meal after each session. He is currently studying in class 4 at the Vengamanaidu Colony School, Lenin Nagar and is a talented, disciplined and passionate child who quickly grabs attention.
In addition to being the most talented Tennis player around, he has taken up the responsibility of being a leader among his peers. Shyness and rigidness have transformed into confidence and exuberance for this young boy who wants to serve his community wholeheartedly. RDT has been able to transform the basic attitude and approach of many children from Lenin Nagar through Tennis, and have made them realise that sports can also aid in their holistic development while improving the standing of the entire community in the eyes of society at large.
“I want to be a gentleman and a perfect role model for my community and inspire all the budding tennis players from my region”