Softball giving Maoist affected Teens a New Lease of Life

April 13, 2018, Bijapur


Till two years back, Aruna Punem and Sunita Hamla were two school girls who spent their day picking mahua flowers in their native village in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. Now the two young girls are preparing to represent India at the Asian Junior Softball Championship in Philippines.

Born in one of the poorest districts in the country, their talent in Softball has made them shine at the national level. Sports are truly changing the lives of many tribal children. “The sport is changing the face of Bijapur and its children. Many of them who left their studies due to Maoist violence are joining sports. These children are different. They are desperate to learn and they are fitter than urban children,” added Karenwar, a former softball player.

Many would be hoping that they succeed and inspire many others to take up the sport.

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