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Make kids respectful, hardworking, gritty individuals through sports!
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The Right Pitch, started as a Be The Change Project by Teach For India Fellows in the academic year, 2014-15, is a sports and life-skill coaching program which culminates in a tournament. Girls and boys from marginalised communities are trained for 2 months by professional coaches. Through these trainings, they are not only taught sports skills, but also values like hardwork, respect and grit. In the first year, the tournament was organised at Hansraj Memorial School ground, in Andheri. It saw participation of around 250 students from Teach For
India classrooms across Mumbai. In its second year we had organised the tournament at Chhattrapati Shivaji Vidyalaya ground, in Dharavi and Swami Vivekananda ground in Chembur and catered to 300 students. The third edition saw a participation of over 450 students, which was organised at Railway Police ground in Ghatkopar.
Teach for India is an non-profit organisation that believes in giving all children  an excellent education.
Teach For India students come from a community where violence is high. They come from a community where there  is a lot of gender discrimination. They have no exposure to the world outside Govandi, Malvani and Dharavi.
A group of Fellows thought about how we could try to change this. We thought about what made us who we are today. The answer was very simple- sports. Students can embody and showcase the values of Grit, Hardwork and Respect through  sports. They can be made aware of their strengths, weaknesses and exposed to the world outside their community via sports.
There are very few constructive things that our kids have been doing on their own- one of them is playing cricket.
Thus, to polish this inherent talent and to give it a new dimension of competitive spirit is why we have-THE RIGHT PITCH-Season 4. The training sessions will not only focus on improving cricket skills, but also on helping children to imbibe life skills and values.
The program caters to boys and girls between the age group 8 to 16, in marginalised communities.

Just to give you an example of how it promoted values and mindsets, access and exposure in my class:-
I received a text from one of my students Kasim after a practice session last year which goes like this-  "Hi Sir, please can you give me feedback on my batting and bowling. Strengths and weakness. What I have to learn and what I'm good at. How  is my captaincy? Am I good enough to come in the final playing team?  Please tell me all this very clearly."

Also values like team-work, hard-work, grit, respect and self-control got re-iterated again and again through the entire duration of training and the tournament.

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