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Mumbai Indians Host 'Education & Sports For All' Cricket Tournament for Underprivileged Children

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 18, 2018, 10:09 PM IST
Mumbai Indians Host 'Education & Sports For All' Cricket Tournament for Underprivileged Children

Nita Mukesh Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians and Lasith Malinga, bowling mentor of Mumbai Indians with the NGO kids during the ESA cricket tournament played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai (Photo : Pal Pillai /Focus Sports/ Mumbai Indians)

Mumbai: Fresh from the win over RCB on Tuesday, the full force of Mumbai Indians players and support staff led by owner Nita Ambani joined the two finalist NGO teams for the Reliance Foundation Education and Sports for All (ESA) cricket final at Wankhede Stadium, on Wednesday.

Reliance Foundation and Mumbai Indians had hosted a 16 team box cricket tournament in Mumbai for the underprivileged children from 8 participating NGOs, the final of which was played today at the defending champions home ground.

Cheered by 1000 underprivileged children in the gallery, captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga took turns to bat and bowl for the two finalist teams Aseema and Shishu Vikas, while coach Mahela Jayawardene wore the umpire hat.

As a part of Reliance Foundation’s Education and Sports for All initiative, Mumbai Indians had recently hosted over 21,000 children from various NGOs across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai for their match against Delhi Daredevils, providing the underprivileged children with a life-time experience.

Mumbai Indians has been supporting education for under privileged children through the Education for Education For All (EFA) initiative since 2010. This year EFA has evolved to Education and Sports for All (ESA), under the umbrella of Reliance Foundation, combining its focus areas of education and sports for development.

The ESA initiative seeks to provide holistic development through focus on education and sports and to enhance the quality of the sporting ecosystem by providing facilities, training, infrastructure, and equipment across multiple sporting properties through the year. Cumulatively, the programme has reached out to over 13 million children.

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First Published: April 18, 2018, 10:09 PM IST

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