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Support PT Usha's Free School For Athletes:Help India Win Olympic Gold


Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha better known as P T Usha was undoubtedly one of India’s greatest athletes and rightfully called the  ‘Queen of Indian Track and Field’. She became the first ever Indian women to reach the finals of an Olympic event when she won the Semi Finals in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles.

She holds the world record for the most gold medals earned by a female in a single track event for the complete sweep in the 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints, the 400 meter hurdles, and the 4 x 400 meter relay at the 1985 Asian Track and Field Championship in Indonesia.

P.T.Usha had become an icon for Indian women athletes and a living legend in Kerala, where streets and new-born babies were regularly named after her.
PT Usha was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna award in the year 1985. She has won 101 International medals till date.
 
After retirement, P.T. Usha started the ‘Usha School of Athletics’ in 2002 with the sole aim of winning an Olympic Medal for India by training young athletes. 
The school has 18 girl students who live and train under the watchful eyes of PT Usha.As quoted by P.T. Usha “After many years of experience in athletics, I am convinced that what we lack in India is not talent, but the basic, modern and scientific facilities. If we train our young Indian sports talents nothing, not even Olympic medals, is unachievable.

"Everyone thinks that bagging an Olympic medal is a difficult task. It is not. I would have certainly made it in the Los Angeles Olympics if I had a little more exposure in the 400m hurdles. Considering my limited exposure, I did well as I had participated only in two races before I went to Los Angeles. It was lack of experience in the 400m hurdles that cost me the gold medal. If India goes for a real, systematic and scientific approach, I am sure my country has a great athletic future.”

The Usha School today has 18 girl students who live in the residential campus. They work hard every day. The day starts at 5:30 AM, and they are at the running ground by6:15 AM. Their morning on court session lasts 3 hours till about 9:30 AM. They attend school till 4:30 PM. An evening training session lasts from 4:30 PM to 6 PM.
The Usha school is completely free and provides free training, stay, shelter and food to the young athletes. The young athletes were found by Usha through a rigorous selection process. Most of the girls are from underprivileged backgrounds but have tremendous potential to make India proud internationally.The government and the corporates support the infrastructure needs of Usha School. However, the Usha School completely depends on individual donations for providing the daily needs of the athletes which include education, food and hostel facilities. The daily needs per student per year are 3 lakh rupees.

The campaign intends to raise funds to support eh girls for 6 months, the cost of which comes to 27 lakh rupees.In the current scenario, the school finds it difficult to support and nurture more deserving young talent.

With your help, Usha School intends to facilitate a safe and positive environment for athletes to nurture their talents. 
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22nd October 2019
Dear Supporter,

Thank you for all the love and support you've shown us. Our students have been training and working hard and it has paid off.

Here are some notable feats and results from a few of the major championships in which athletes from the Usha School of Athletics took part in the last few months: 

One of the most noteworthy achievements for us in the last few months is the IAAF Veteran Pin award for Ms P T Usha. For her long and meritorious service to the cause of world athletics, Ms P T Usha received the IAAF Veteran Pin award from IAAF President Sebastian Coe at Doha, Qatar, during the 52nd IAAF Congress. The international award is a much deserved recognition for the champion athlete and President of the Usha School of Athletics.



Jisna Mathew was part of India’s mixed-relay team that qualified for the 2020 Olympics with their performance at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha, Qatar. Running the 3rd leg of the 4x400m relay, Jisna found her best time of 51.8 sec and helped the team qualify for the finals and book a place in the Olympics.



Athulya Udayan found her best time and clinched a Bronze medal in 800m at the 17the Federation Cup Junior Athletic Championships (Tiruvannamalai, Sept 24-26). She clocked 2:10.05. Athulya follows in the footsteps of Usha School of Athletics' Tintu Luka and Jessy Joseph, both of whom have blazed a trail of superb performances on the tracks in 800m in years past.




Jessy Joseph clinched the silver medal in 800m at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship in Lucknow (August 29). At the same meet, Jisna Mathew won bronze in 400m making it two in two for Usha School of Athletics at the national meet.


Ushaites dominated the Kerala State Inter-District Club Athletic Championship 2019, at Thiruvananthapuram (7 to 9, August), winning 8 firsts in 9 events participated.
At the 31st Southzone Athletic Championships at Uduppi (Sept 14-15), our athletes clinched 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a bronze medal.



The Usha School of Athletics hosted this year's Kozhikode District Junior Athletic meet, September 20-21. Several young athletes from across the district participated in the well contested meet. Thirteen Ushaites vied for medals in various categories and all of them did really well, bagging several medals including 6 firsts. Kids from the school's locality, trained as part of our community outreach program (Usha Rural Coaching Program), also clinched a medal from the meet. They won bronze in the 4x100 m relay in U-16 category which is a great result for us.




And that's all the update for the last few months. This wouldn't have been possible without your support and love. We are ever grateful.

Thank You.

Regards,
Ajanachandran
Usha School of Athletics
Dear Supporter,

Thank you for all the love and support you've shown us. Our students have been training and working hard and it has paid off.

Here are some notable feats and results from a few of the major championships in which athletes from the Usha School of Athletics took part in the last few months: 

One of the most noteworthy achievements for us in the last few months is the IAAF Veteran Pin award for Ms P T Usha. For her long and meritorious service to the cause of world athletics, Ms P T Usha received the IAAF Veteran Pin award from IAAF President Sebastian Coe at Doha, Qatar, during the 52nd IAAF Congress. The international award is a much deserved recognition for the champion athlete and President of the Usha School of Athletics.



Jisna Mathew was part of India’s mixed-relay team that qualified for the 2020 Olympics with their performance at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha, Qatar. Running the 3rd leg of the 4x400m relay, Jisna found her best time of 51.8 sec and helped the team qualify for the finals and book a place in the Olympics.



Athulya Udayan found her best time and clinched a Bronze medal in 800m at the 17the Federation Cup Junior Athletic Championships (Tiruvannamalai, Sept 24-26). She clocked 2:10.05. Athulya follows in the footsteps of Usha School of Athletics' Tintu Luka and Jessy Joseph, both of whom have blazed a trail of superb performances on the tracks in 800m in years past.




Jessy Joseph clinched the silver medal in 800m at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship in Lucknow (August 29). At the same meet, Jisna Mathew won bronze in 400m making it two in two for Usha School of Athletics at the national meet.


Ushaites dominated the Kerala State Inter-District Club Athletic Championship 2019, at Thiruvananthapuram (7 to 9, August), winning 8 firsts in 9 events participated.
At the 31st Southzone Athletic Championships at Uduppi (Sept 14-15), our athletes clinched 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a bronze medal.



The Usha School of Athletics hosted this year's Kozhikode District Junior Athletic meet, September 20-21. Several young athletes from across the district participated in the well contested meet. Thirteen Ushaites vied for medals in various categories and all of them did really well, bagging several medals including 6 firsts. Kids from the school's locality, trained as part of our community outreach program (Usha Rural Coaching Program), also clinched a medal from the meet. They won bronze in the 4x100 m relay in U-16 category which is a great result for us.




And that's all the update for the last few months. This wouldn't have been possible without your support and love. We are ever grateful.

Thank You.

Regards,
Ajanachandran
Usha School of Athletics
10th September 2019
We are extremely grateful for this generous gift and really appreciate your steadfast support for the Usha School. Your payment will enable us to continue helping our young athletes to achieve world recognition
Once again thank you very much for all your support.
We are extremely grateful for this generous gift and really appreciate your steadfast support for the Usha School. Your payment will enable us to continue helping our young athletes to achieve world recognition
Once again thank you very much for all your support.
29th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your immense love and support!

The Usha School of Athletics fundraiser on Milaap has elicited great response from donors spread around the globe. It has been really encouraging to see that there are so many people out there willing to support Usha School and who believe in P T Usha’s dream of winning Olympic medals for India. Our sincere thanks to all who have contributed. We hope you will be there for us, supporting us, going forward as well.
 
Our finances were really stretched to its limits when we started the campaign and it is only because of the generous contributions that we have managed to keep going. Being a free school, where we provide everything for free to our students, has been very challenging. What made it harder was that a couple of our regular sponsorships came to a close.
 
The funds from this campaign helped us through the end of last year and the bit that is left over we are using to meet some of the day-to-day running expenses of the academy this year.
 
A fresh infusion of funds would be really helpful for us now and will put our minds at rest on continuing our mission. This year we have taken in 3 more promising athletes who are in their early teens. Like most of our other athletes, they are all from underprivileged backgrounds who could use all the help they can get in their quest to winning medals and becoming champions India can be proud of.

Therefore, we are increasing the goal amount for this campaign to 40,00,000 INR. Kindly support our athletes who can bring glory to India, if given love and support!

Thanks,
The Usha School Of Athletics
 
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your immense love and support!

The Usha School of Athletics fundraiser on Milaap has elicited great response from donors spread around the globe. It has been really encouraging to see that there are so many people out there willing to support Usha School and who believe in P T Usha’s dream of winning Olympic medals for India. Our sincere thanks to all who have contributed. We hope you will be there for us, supporting us, going forward as well.
 
Our finances were really stretched to its limits when we started the campaign and it is only because of the generous contributions that we have managed to keep going. Being a free school, where we provide everything for free to our students, has been very challenging. What made it harder was that a couple of our regular sponsorships came to a close.
 
The funds from this campaign helped us through the end of last year and the bit that is left over we are using to meet some of the day-to-day running expenses of the academy this year.
 
A fresh infusion of funds would be really helpful for us now and will put our minds at rest on continuing our mission. This year we have taken in 3 more promising athletes who are in their early teens. Like most of our other athletes, they are all from underprivileged backgrounds who could use all the help they can get in their quest to winning medals and becoming champions India can be proud of.

Therefore, we are increasing the goal amount for this campaign to 40,00,000 INR. Kindly support our athletes who can bring glory to India, if given love and support!

Thanks,
The Usha School Of Athletics
 
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Goal: $1,000

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