-- The three day Herbalife Bangalore School Games 2012 concluded at Kanteerava Stadium with the loud cheers and applause from the budding sporting talents of Bangalore City. The closing ceremony was graced by International athletes/Arjuna Awardees like Ashish Ballal, Reeth Abraham and Dr MP Ganesh.
The prizes for the winners of the various athletic events received awards and trophies from Metod Klemenc, Founder of International Children Games-Children Olympics.
The 2nd edition of Herbalife Bangalore School Games witnessed sporting stars from the best schools of Bangalore like Christ, Delhi Public School, Baldwins, Green Wood High, Kensri among others performing hard to win the title for their schools. It proved to be an excellent platform to inculcate team building and competitive spirit in these young talents. The desire, dream and vision was clearly seen in the eyes of each of the participants who were trying to perform their best in each of the events. Greenwood High girls and boys football team won the trophy beating their competitors. In the girls category for Basketball, KV Hebbal stole the show abeating DPS South and in the boys category DPS South won over Christ School.
Reeth Abraham, Arjuna Awardee Athlete, said " These young talents need to be nurtured at the right age. They need constant support and professional guidance to achieve milestones in their careers and grab the right opportunity to showcase their skills. For me every child who participated here is a champion, one needs to grow step by step in life. Sports is a very important part of a child's life, schools and coaches should ensure that the future of our nation gets the right direction"
For the first timein the country, children living with HIV/AIDS had participated , and had been the torch bearers for this event to break the barriers of stigma nad discrimaination.
Speaking on this occassion, Mr Ajay Khanna, country head, Herbalife India said, "I would highly appreciate Bangalore School Sports Foundation and Mr Elvis, Director Bangalore School Sports Foundation for undertaking the herculean task to encourage sports at the grassroot level. Herbalife family feels proud to have extended their support to Bangalore School Sports Foundation as the vision partner for Herbalife Bangalore School Games 2012 to promote and encourage sports and active lifestyle among children. Sports is a important part of a child's physical and social growth, Bangalore School Games 2012 would inspire young talents to actively participate in sporting and fitness activities and nurture their skills"
Herbalife as an established and respected global nutrition companytakes pride in promoting and sponsoring sports and fitness events around the world. The company sponsors professional sports talents who reflect Herbalife's mission to stay fit and active, inspiring millions to embrace a healthy lifestyle through their quality and depth of work and impressive performance at the international sports arena. In India, Herbalife is associated with youth sports icons such as Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and budding sports athletes Dipika Pallikal and Somdev Devvarman.
Expressing his delight at the success of the event, Elvis Joseph, director, Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation, said, " I believe that we are moving from strength to strength in professionalizing sports to the international standards with the support and rich experience of the professional sporting talents. 'Herbalife Bangalore School Games 2012' saw an amazing response in terms of participation, the best talents from schools across Bnagalore assembled at one platform to excel in their skills. In our aims to nurture young talent, professionalize school sports from the grassroot level, set new standards, create gateway opportunities and make Bangalore City an international destination for sports, we are happy to partner with Herbalife, who themselves are promoting sporting talents across the globe".
The Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation has a strong community focus and is committed to promoting sports, physical activity and improving the health levels of children and society at large. The Foundation strongly believes that sport is a "Way of Life" and everybody should benefit from health and fitness activities and leading an active lifestyle.
Mr Metod Klemenc, Founder of International Children Games-Children Olympics said, "I feel proud and happy to see the young talents so enthusiastic about sports. It is a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity to encourage and support the Bangalore School Sports Foundation in their endeavour to promote and encourage sports as a way of life. "
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About Herbalife Ltd.
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 80 countries through a network of independent distributors. The company supports theHerbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife's website contains a significant amount of information about Herbalife, including financial and other information for investors at http://ir.Herbalife.com. The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.
About Bangalore School Sports Foundation
Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation was initiated in 2009, by Mr Elvis Joseph, a state and university medalist, sports promoter by profession with experience in project management, sports administration, turnkey projects, sporting events, training, business development & strategic planning. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, special mission sports foundation created to serve the State and Nation with programs in Sports Promotion, Instruction, Research, Education, Leadership, Events and Service. The role of the Foundation is to prepare aspiring athletes such as Children, Physically Disabled, Intellectually Challenged, Young Men & Women and Professional Athletes for careers in sports