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XL Aasha spreads cheer amongst unprivileged students

Jamshedpur, Feb. 7: Xavier School of Management (XLRI) on Sunday played host to the first ever ‘XL Aasha,’ a unique sporting event for unprivileged students of schools in the steel city.

The program was launched as a part of ‘XLerate 2016’ – XLRI’s flagship national level sports, leadership and cultural festival organized by PGDM-GM (1 year full-time MBA program).

XLerate kick starts the football league tournament – ‘XL Aasha’ to support “Khel Khel Mein Foundation,” which aims to bring competitive sports to children studying at low-income schools. The initiative aims to drive the message of gender equality, respect and team work with the help of football.

Around 60 students from six government schools from in and around Jamshedpur participated in the first edition of XL Asha. The participating teams comprised a mix of boys and girls players who aimed at promoting gender harmony.

The participating schools included A.D.L Society High School, U.M.S Sarak Ghutu, A.D.L Society Middle School, U.M.S Jamshol, and U.M.S Khunchidih.

Each participating team was provided a curriculum, sporting equipment, apparels and training support by XLRI. XL-Aasha tournament followed the format of “football 3”- a unique way of playing football, conceptualized and developed by a Sports for Development-focused Columbian organization named “Khel Khel Mein.”

The program is based on the principle that the basic values of fair play, gender equality, teamwork and respect are just as important as football skill.

Named after its ‘three halves’ – a pre-match discussion, football game, and post-match discussion – “football 3” incorporates key life lessons into every match.

Before the game, players collectively decide on the rules and subsequently reflect on their behavior and the behavior of their opponents post match with points awarded for goals as well as for fair play.

The game had mediators instead of referees who facilitated discussions between the two teams and monitor the match, helping players learn to resolve conflicts themselves through dialogue and discussion.

“Through XL-Aasha, we wish to send a strong social message of equality in diversity with the help of this unique concept. We hope all these participant students will act as torch bearer to bring the change in the society.

More than winning, stress is given on fair play so that when these students go back to society they promote same spirit among community members,” commented Nitish Bhardwaj, PR & Branding Manager, PGDM-GM 2016 batch.

Teams from A.D.L Society High School and U.M.S Sarak Ghutu emerged winner and runner-up of the tournament. Father James Santhanam SJ presented trophies to the winning teams.

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