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Tata Trusts supports South United Sports Foundation for the Development of Sport at the Grassroots level

Bengaluru, January 24th, 2018: South United Sports Foundation has received support from Tata Trusts towards the development of sport at the grassroots level.
Through the support, the program will cover coaching, equipment, and refreshments for 252 students under the South United Sports Foundation community projects, particularly The Dharavi Community Programme, the BPM High School Project, Mumbai and The Foundation Development Team.
South United Sports Foundation is designed to reach out to children from under privileged backgrounds by engaging them in sports. Through this, South United Sports Foundation strives to not only create talented football players but also provide employment opportunities for youngsters in the sports industry. The foundation has trained over a 1000 students since its inception.
Mr. Sharan Parikh, Trustee of South United Sports Foundation, said, “We are delighted to have secured this investment. This will help with our community programmes, constructed with the aim of bringing in underprivileged kids to give them an opportunity to develop into athletes as well as explore a livelihood in the sports industry. We aim to provide the best training for the youngsters, across all projects undertaken, where the children can learn while enjoying and expressing themselves in a safe environment.”
“Tata Trusts believe that sports is a great vehicle for meaningful engagement with children, youth and the larger communities around them - building aspirations, character and a sense of responsibility. Tata Trusts sports interventions focus on identifying and nurturing talent at the grassroots level and are guided by an ecosystem driven approach, working to create an environment of opportunity and excellence for the pursuit of sport as a viable avenue for a professional career.  We encourage and support organisations like SUSF who are working to develop children from marginalised communities through the medium of sports” said, Neelam Babardesai, Head-Sports, Tata Trusts
The objective of South United Sports Foundation is to foster self-esteem, empowerment, and enhance a student’s health and well-being by playing a sport. The various programs under the foundation majorly help steer youngsters away from dangerous vices like crime, alcohol consumption, and drug abuse. In the past, South United Sports Foundation has executed various community programmes addressing different types of requirements and children from different backgrounds.
About South United Sports Foundation:
The South United Sports Foundation has been created to reach out to underprivileged sections of the society and encourage participation and involvement of the community in sport. South United Sports Foundation currently runs three community projects - The Dharavi Community Programme, BPM High School Project, Mumbai and The Development Team. The foundation strives to create talented football players and provide employment opportunities for youngsters in the sports industry.
About Tata Trusts:
Tata Trusts is amongst India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served.
Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy; the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation.

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