Giving back to the society in style
Many athletes who have made name and fame in their respective sports always want to pay back to the sport which has given them a status in the society. Some take up coaching while there are others who would like to give it back in their own way. Ashwin Kumar, of Punjab has chosen his own way. He has set up a non-government organisation (NGO) back home in Firozpur known as Krishna Basketball Club, which caters to all the budding players the basketball gears.
“The NGO is which is managed by my mother, runs the shown in my absence. It is a small village and we have a group of basketball lovers who help us providing hockey sticks, shoes and colours,” said Ashwin, who serves as the Deputy Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 58 Batallion, in Siliguri.
Ashwin, who was with the coach of the UBA Pro Basketball League Hyderabad Sky team is proud to say that he had the privilege of representing his state on seven occasions. “It was difficult for me to get a pair of good shoes for the game during my playing days, and since it has been this sport which has given me all that I am today, I want to give t back to the sport, and I have chosen this manner," said Ashwin while talking to Sportskeeda during his team engagement during the UBA professional league basketball which is being played in Pune.
“Yes, it is passion that has driven to be involved with the game. And I am sure many will agree," said the Deputy Commandant of Central Reserve Police Force who takes off three hours during his hectic daily schedule to be on the court. 'This is something which relieves me all the regular duties. When I am stressed after the day’s work the best play for me is the basketball court,” said Ashwin.
Hyderabad Sky's campaign came to an abrupt end when they failed to make the cut into the play-off. We love the sport and I only wish this championship (UBA) which has given a new lease of life to cagers in the country continues in the same manner and helps many youngsters who want to take to take this sport seriously.