RDT Sports for Development Programme, Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) has won the prestigious Sportstar Aces Award 2021, in the Sport For Good Category. Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, with the restrictions in place, the award was received by our Programme Director, Mr. Moncho Ferrer, in a virtual ceremony held on 2nd April 2021.
The Sportstar Aces Awards by Sportstar Magazine and The Hindu Group recognise sporting achievements and efforts to contribute to the country’s sporting fabric in equal measure, and ASA is being honoured for its role in tying sports together with attention to social indicators.
Responding to the recognition, Mr Moncho Ferrer said, “It is a pleasure to receive the Sportstar Aces Award in the category of Sport for Good, our sports program is all about sport for good. Sport is not just sport, it is a powerful tool to promote inclusivity, and bridges the gaps and differences that exist in our society. I appreciate our team at Anantapur Sports Academy for their work over the years and thank the children for their participation. This award reminds us that we are on the right track, and encourages us to work towards realising our vision to leverage the power of sports for the benefit of underprivileged and marginalized children and youth in Anantapur District.”
Sai Krishna Pulluru, Director of Anantapur Sports Academy said, “ Firstly, I would like to thank the Sportstar Aces Awards team for including a Sport for Good category for the first time to acknowledge the efforts of sport for development organizations across India. Personally, I see Sportstar as a magazine that resonates with every Indian who is passionate about sport and Anantapur Sports Academy receiving this recognition from Sportstar under the Sport for Good category is a humbling feeling. On this note, we also thank the support from our local community including parents, schools as well as our numerous partners we have been fortunate to collaborate over the years.”
Text: Ernest Abhishek