“I eat, sleep, and breathe volleyball today, it’s earned me the job I have, taken me to a lot of places, and given a new meaning to my life. But, that’s not how it started. I hated to sit through classes in school and being part of the volleyball team meant missing classes without getting into trouble. That’s how I started, but then the passion for it grew on me and today it is impossible for me to spend a day without playing the sport.
Today when I come to the beach to practice or go to the ground I see a lot of young girls come to practise, but that was not the scene when I was growing up. There were barely any girls who were encouraged to take up sports as a career option, but now parents are more encouraging of them.
I have heard a father of a young girl say that his daughter is passionate about badminton so he cannot wait to see her become the next Saina Nehwal or PV Sindhu. This makes me happy because when I was growing up I have only heard parents dream of a career for boys in sports and that too only if it was cricket. My son would grow up to be the next Sachin was acceptable, but the same was never told about girls, but things are changing now.
The scope in terms of viewership, sponsors, patrons, is all increasing for every sport kike football, volleyball, basketball, hockey, and even games like Kabbadi are getting the popularity and love that they deserve. This is a welcome change in the right direction.
However, a sport is not something one should engage in just to make a career out of it, but also to keep them fit and healthy. Everyone should play for a few hours every day and make it a habit. I have been playing for several years now and would continue to do so until my body has the strength to do it, and once I retire, I would open up a training academy to help the underprivileged kids learn Volleyball and give them a space to practice.” #Volleyball#Passion#Life#Practice#Strength#Academy#Sports#PvSindu#Beach#Training#Strength#Underprivileged#Sachin#Kabbadi#Success#Uplift#Support#Educate#Empower#Madras#HumansofMadras