Ready to run: Preparing future athletes

By Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal
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  • Your support can help 20 kids from Nanded to compete at national level sports

Born in a small village of Mirkhel, Maharashtra, becoming a professional athlete was an unattainable dream for young Vishnu. He belonged to the family of agricultural farmers, who’s parents had little to spare after catering to three children’s education and meals. But Vishnu’s knack for sports made him practice despite the challenges of proper infrastructure,  sports shoes and more importantly a proper diet. For a family struggling to make ends meet, allowing their child to pursue a sport came at a cost too heavy to bear. However, determined to change his destiny, Vishnu was apprised of the novel project started by Sanskriti Samvidhan Mandal, named Sagroli in the district of Nanded- more than 100 kms away from his hometown.

Through their School of Athletics, SSM provides training, customized nutrition, on-the-field coaching as well as formal education to aspiring athletes. As Mr. Rohit Deshmukh, Director of SSM says, “Over the years, we have seen tremendous participation from children in the Nanded area. Our campaign has encouraged families to send even their daughters to our free centres where they can facilitate their dreams of representing their state, country and themselves”. Last year, one of the students of Sagroli Sunriser, Arti Dudhe, stood at 5th in women category and 3rd in her age group finishing at TATA Mumbai half Marathon in 1:32:44 hrs.


However, due to the lockdown the The School of Athletics’ have come to a standstill. During the peak of the lockdown SSM were engaged in relief measures and it has also hampered many of their programs, as the donations have reduced. “What is even more challenging is that we have talent in the village, and that talent needs to be supplemented with good infrastructure, nutritional food and overall educational development. We cannot compromise on that,” says Mr.Nandkumar Jadhav, Sports Coach of SSM.


The project is designed to select a few handful students every year and facilitate professional training at par with any sports academy. The students are provided with a customized diet plan, on-the-field coaching, formal education. Their progress is monitored throughout. The program only only caters to students from deprived backgrounds at zero cost. The students are selected after testing their mental and physical stamina, alertness and keenness to play and also the financial background of the family.

 A project designed to tap the rural talent in athletic events chooses thirty students every year and facilitates a professional training to prepare them for high achievements at the national & international level of events. 


Ever since the inception of the programme in 2004, the athletes have participated in the National events like Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and TCS Bangalore Marathon and school level events. They also participated at the district level selection for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Your contribution will help kids like Vishnu, who come from marginalised communities in the Nanded area to groom and compete with talented sports persons across the country.

Sl.No Particulars Cost for 1 athlete per month (INR) Total cost for 1 athlete Per Annum (INR) Total cost for 20 athletes Per Annum (INR)
1 Supplementary diet 2000 24000 480000
2 Sports kit   5000 100000
3 Coaching expenses 450 5400 108000
Total 2450 34400 688000


Rs 2900 for 1 athlete per month will bring them a step closer to their dream.


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Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal

Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal is a village based educational instition est. in 1959 with a view to educate and empower the deprived rural community.  SSM is actively involved in rural development through education, skill development, agriculture and natural resource development.  SSM imparts education to 3500 children through five school units.  SSM also provides homely shelter for more

Shardanagar, Sagroli Taluka Biloli District Nanded, Maharashtra 431731

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