Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

No Short Cuts to Sports Development

RDF leaves no stone unturned to provide the best quality education and excellent facilities in a rural school. Many local schools do not have a spacious playground and there is more focus on academics. However, for us,  sports is an essential component of education and our students are always encouraged to take up sports. With a multitude of sports achievers to our credit, students sports achievements have also allowed them to get admission in central or state government funded sports schools and colleges as well as bag government positions. Having a playground also means that students can learn new sports Our sports teachers, who are also part of the local community and hence understand the unique challenges in rural education, are always going the extra mile in order to provide the best to the students.

In Redlawada School, students are learning how to play Shotput. To start with, the children practice with a stone that weighs the same as a shotput and are then progressed to play with the actual shotput. The kids respond beautifully to teachers taking an interest in their development which allows them to learn things fast and show a high level of commitment. We have seen that providing good infrastructure and a nurturing environment works wonders!

Encouraging Sports Dreams

Sports is a way of life in RDF schools. Children look forward to the Sports classes, with more and more children engaging in various sports like athletics, volleyball, kho-kho, kabaddi, martial arts, badminton, fencing, archery and even yoga! Over the years, several RDF children have won at district, state, national and international level competitions. We are grateful to our Physical Education Teachers who are dedicated to developing our students’ skills in various sports.

Sreeja, in her Class 4 classroom

Sreeja, with (L) school PET & (R) Asst. Headmaster

Ch. Sreeja is a Class 4 student from Matendla School who recently cleared the District level selection for enrolment in a State run sports school. These schools provide academic and focused sports coaching, helping students build a career in sports, which open up many work opportunities for them.  Like all RDF students, Sreeja comes from a financially poor family. Her father is a lorry driver and her mother works as a labourers. She has practices very hard under the supervision of the school’s PET, before and after school, in order to do well in the selections. Each student’s achievement strongly motivates other students to also put in effort, practice and accomplish their personal sports goals.

We pray that Sreeja continues to do well and obtain a seat in the Government residential sports school.

Young Motivator!

One would think that the zeal to motivate and inspire can only come through years of study or life experience – having attained a certain level of learning in order to reach out or teach others. But what we have seen in RDF schools over and over again is that the zeal to motivate and reach out comes from a space of generosity, care, kindness – all encompassing a spirit of sharing.

Malyala Ramya is one such alumus of RDF Kalleda School who studied there from LKG to Class 5, thereafter gaining admission in a Government Sports School in Karimnagar. Now in Class 9, she has been selected to participate in Wrestling competitions. An avid lover of sports since she was a young girl, Ramya always had the clear intention of doing something in the sports arena. During summer vacation, she decided to pay a visit to Kalleda School to meet her teachers and former classmates. Driven by a desire to share her experiences as a sports person, she arranged a Summer Camp. During the camp, she emphasized the importance of physical, mental and emotional fitness in life. She also taught basic fitness techniques to build stamina and physical ability.

She spoke to the children not only about the importance of staying active and fit, but also on the importance of developing themselves in a sport as excellence in a sporting field can lead to future job opportunities as well.  The students thoroughly enjoyed her sessions and inspirational talks! Through her example, they understood the values of self discipline, hard work and personal excellence.

So Ramya, all of 14 years of age, showed all of us, yet again, that age is no deterrant to being a beacon of inspiration. We thank Ramya for her generosity and her willingness to share all that she has learnt with the young kids in Kalleda School!

Champion Spirit

The Junior College has had a very strong focus on sports for several years. It has produced International level archers and national and district level athletes. This has served as a major source of inspiration for successive years of students who also feel motivated towards achievement with the meticulous standards that have become a precedent in the college.

This sports culture produces life skills such as endurance, grit, perseverance and hard work. Long hours before and after regular college schedule are devoted to coaching, training and practice. There is a strong support system that is provided to the students.


Recently, students shone again when eight students were selected for the National Student Olympic competitions.  Districts Level Olympic Games were held in July at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Warangal. Nearly 600 students from various schools and colleges participated in this competition. Eight students were selected for the State Level Student Olympic Games which saw nearly 1200 students  from various districts participate. The students performed better at the State level in their respective games and all eight students were selected for the National Level which will be held in Uttar Pradesh.

We applaud the sports coach and the students on the great effort that they have put in, making the management, staff and the entire RDF family proud one more time!

Our heartiest congratulations go to the following students –

Cricket:       N. Arvind, D. Praveen, G. Rambabu, B. Ramu

Athletics: N. Shiva Kumar, D. Sagar, Sahavasi, Sai Kiran

We are all hoping that they will prove their talent in  the Nationals also.


Martial ‘Heart’

Prasannalakshmi1 India has been witnessing a change in attitudes towards women. It is still slow and still seen only in segments of society, but it is nevertheless a change. Very often these changes are often prescribed to urban pockets, where in the last few decades, more women are completing education, more women are opting for higher education, more women are working independently and becoming income generators for their families. More women are rising through the ranks in organisations and more women are marrying later and continuing to work, after marriage and rejoining the workforce after starting families.

So shifts in mindsets in rural areas can go unnoticed. RDF’s mission is to educate, engage and empower all children and there has been a special emphasis on the girl child. So we celebrate, feel proud and joyful when we see these shifts with our own eyes – like the change in little Prasanna Lakshmi’s family! Much like the increased enrollment of girls in our schools and more support towards these young girls completing their education, Prasanna’s family has been very encouraging of her enthusiasm towards the martial art of ‘Taekwondo’. Prasannalakshmi5Believing that their girls have a right to go to school and should pursue activities that interest them is a sea change from the earlier mindset of keeping them at home and getting them married in their teens.

In the near 2 decades that we have been working with rural communities, we have seen girls empower themselves with choices – choices that their mother’s or grandmother’s generation didn’t have. Many come back to help us in various ways – teaching subjects or cultural activities and even donating money to RDF! Prasanna’s family is one of many families who are slowly beginning to understand that society is only enriched by its women and the lesson’s begin right at home – like little Prasanna’s. 

Arrows of Donation

Arrows worth Rs. 35000-Our highest parameter of success – that we are doing good for our students and by our students is when they return as adults and give back to RDF in whichever way they can. Over the past nearly 2 decades, many RDF alumni have enriched our teaching and learning environment through contribution of their time, talent and even money.

The ongoing festive season brought even greater festive spirit to us when the RDF Archery Coach, Mr. Raju conveyed heartwarming news that 2 RDF alumni archers, M. Prasanna Kumar and G. Chandulal donated four dozen arrows, which they procured second hand for RDF students. Their generosity saved the team over Rs. 35,000! This has been an unexpected and delightful gift for RDF!

M. Prasanna Kumar

M. Prasanna Kumar

G.Chandu Lal

G. Chandu Lal

Our deepest gratitude and blessings to our large heart alumni who make us so proud!

Champion Spirit

The proud students with their achievement certificates

The proud students with their achievement certificates

We have often lauded the achievements of our students because they do so in the face of limited resources. This festive season, we would like to salute the spirit of the students who create positive change in their own lives, despite having difficult social and economic circumstances.  Six students who participated in a prestigious State Level ‘Hapki-Do’ martial arts competition won honour and glory for themselves and their school by winning top awards in this competition.

These six boys, Chinna of Class 6, Aravind of Class 7, Vishal, Mahesh and Anil of Class 8 and Sunil of Class 9, push themselves to excel because they see the hardwork and sacrifices being made by their parents and dream of a better, more economically comfortable future for themselves. Vishal’s father is a tailor, his mother works in the school canteen; Mahesh’s father is a daily wage earner, his mother, an Anganwadi worker; Sunil’s parents are daily wage labourers.

So when they pit themselves against 400 students from 80 schools and walk away with Gold, Bronze and Silver medals, their achievement is awe worthy for us. They excel, not just for the sake of excelling, but with the desire to turn around their life circumstances. Therefore, we would like to not just celebrate the laurels they have won, but also their true champion like spirit.

Girl Power

Srujuna with her innovative lamp

Srujuna with her innovative lamp

RDF Matendla School stood tall and proud recently with the achievements of two girls in State Level competitions. Srujuna of Class 8 glowed with pride with her exhibit ‘Glowing Bulb by Light’ being selected in the top 30 at the State Level Science Fair. This was a tremendous achievement given that 900 exhibits from over 400 schools from urban and rural areas were on display! We are all proud of Srujuna and hope to see her invention being put to good use in the school and community.

Her school mate, Pooja added to the honours roll by being awarded a Gold Medal at a state level Yoga program. 3 other girls from the school settled in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place. They will now advance to a senior state level competition.

Pooja with her Yoga gold medal

Pooja with her Yoga gold medal

The Physical Education teacher who has mentored the girls in yoga was humble at his role in their achievements, expressing that the girls’ determination and hard work won them merit. All in all, it has been a month of many highs for Matendla School!

Sporting Talent


(Seated L-R) Ajay, Vinod, Murali, Venkatesh, with the Junior College staff

The development of a student comprises so much more than just academics. Research has shown how focus on skills and talent innate in humans go a long way in their development as well adapted beings. It is also a well known fact that spending time outdoors being physically active leads to not just physical development, but brain development too. Keeping this in mind, the Junior College has a strong focus on games and sports. Their Physical Education Teacher keeps a sharp eye out for students displaying a hidden talent in sports. The regular sporting activities have revealed three gems, D. Murali, who displayed prowess in cricket; M. Venkatesh who earned accolades in Long Jump and A. Ajay & M. Vinod who proved their mettle on the athletic field. Their steadfast practice has earned them the opportunity to represent the state in the Under-19 State Level competition. We wish them all the best in this upcoming event. Regardless of the result, their hard work and determination make us proud!



Interaction with Dean Gilchrist

Wonderful Experiance of our children

What a wonderful experience it was for students and PE teachers of RDF schools.  They met Mr. Dean Gilchrist, who spent an hour with them.  He spoke of his background and experiences and motivated the students to reach for the stars.  The following day, he played a game of hockey with the children. Most of were playing the sport for the first time, and they were given valuable tips on how to improve their game.