Dream Sports Foundation partners with Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation to support female boxers
DREAM SPORTS FOUNDATION
Delhi, March 18, 2021: Dream Sports Foundation (DSF), the philanthropic arm of Dream Sports, one of India’s leading sports technology companies, today announced a partnership with the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation (MKRBF) to support six talented and budding female boxers from Imphal. Through this partnership, DSF will facilitate training and provide educational and financial assistance to these promising boxers for the next one year.
Founded by M.C. Mary Kom, Padma Vibhushan & Olympic medalist and her husband Mr. K. Onkholer Kom, MKRBF currently offers free, world-class training, nutritional support, lodging, education, medical and competition-related expenses to over 87 talented underprivileged youth. Through this partnership under the DSF Elite vertical – which aims to groom young talented athletes to compete nationally and internationally in different sports – comprehensive support will be provided to select girls from underprivileged backgrounds aspiring to take up boxing as a competitive sport. The support will include year-round gold standard technical training, apparel and equipment, accommodation, tournament exposure, diet and nutrition, education and tuition and other extracurricular activities.
Talking about this initiative Kiran Vivekananda, Chief Policy Officer & Head, CSR at Dream Sports, said, “We are happy to partner with Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation and have the opportunity to support talented young female athletes in the field of boxing. In the last few years, we are witnessing a surge in exceptional sporting talent from across India for various sports. Boxing too is seeing great success in India, and there is scope to make it more accessible to many more aspiring youths. With our vision to ‘Make Sports Better’, we are looking forward to providing all or any support to young athletes so that, just like Mary Kom, they too can excel in their sport and make our nation proud.”
MC Mary Kom, the celebrated Indian boxer, Olympian and Founder of MKRBF, said, “We are grateful for Dream Sports Foundation to partner with us and help these young athletes during one of the most important stages in their lives. DSF has done some exceptional work through its young athlete development program, Stars of Tomorrow. We are sure that this partnership as well will support budding athletes in the field of boxing to achieve their true potential and realise their goals.”
MKRBF has produced three women boxers who have won medals in National and International competitions and aims to coach and nurture many more young boxers who have the potential to win competitions on a global stage. The Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation aims to promote boxing as a sport to vulnerable youth in North-Eastern India.
Recently, Dream Sports Foundation supported several beneficiaries from the sports industry, impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as part of the ongoing ‘Back on Track’ initiative. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, DSF supported over 6 Lakh Indians by providing cooked meals, dry ration, and hygiene kits to the underprivileged and protective gear to the frontline workers of Govt of Maharashtra and BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). DSF has also contributed to the PM CARES and CM Relief fund for COVID-19.
To know more about Dream Sports Foundation, visit: https://www.dsf.org.in/
About Dream Sports Foundation: Dream Sports Foundation (DSF) is the philanthropic arm of Dream Sports, one of India’s leading sports tech companies with brands such as Dream11, FanCode and DreamX in its portfolio. DSF aims to positively impact the growth of sports in India and provide sustainable growth impetus to deserving individuals, societies, bodies or organisations working towards the development of sports and the sports ecosystem of India. Some of the key sports development initiatives under DSF include Back-on-Track, a program that aids vulnerable athletes, sports professionals and academies financially, Stars of Tomorrow, young elite athlete training program, and Sarvodaya Area Program, grassroots development basketball program for underprivileged children.
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About Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation: The Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation (MKRBF) was founded in 2005 by M.C. Mary Kom, Padma Vibhushan & Olympic medalist and her husband, Mr. K. Onkholer Kom. It is a charitable trust (regd. no. 2477/2006) that offers free, world-class training with nutritional support, lodging, education, medical, travelling and competition-related expenses for talented underprivileged youth from rural and far-flung areas who do not have a productive platform to prove themselves. By doing so, the foundation’s vision is to create a Centre of Sporting Excellence that churns out champions in the Boxing Sport who have the potential to achieve glory for India at international competitions and the Olympics. The Mary Kom Boxing Academy run by the foundation, is availing its facilities to 87 athletes currently. It has been able to produce 3 International women boxers with multiple gold medals and several national medalists. Additionally, over 10 boxers have been able to get job placement in the Indian Army and other departments through sports.
To know more about the foundation and its work, visit: marykomfoundation.org
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