As a child, I was always horrible and hence least interested in sports. I used to feel like a failure when no one ever picked me and chose to stay away from it. However, as I stepped into Teach for India (TFI) and saw Khel Khel Me (KKM) as a platform, I thought it would be unfair to let my kids go through the same feeling I did just because I wasn’t interested.
When I look back at my fellowship journey with TFI, KKM did not only bring sports to our classroom, it helped our kids get out of their shell; learn ownership and responsibility; learn to push themselves to pursue excellence and yet be humble enough to accept their failures and use them as a learning experience. But most of all, it helped them understand the power of belief- belief that anything is possible if you just work hard enough with a clear goal in mind.
From pre-match reflections by students to set a goal for themselves and how they want to play to post match reflections with the opposing team to give feedback to each other, KKM is just not about sports but about the social, emotional and spiritual development of the child. At KKM, we don't just work on teaching organized play, but teach our kids life skills through sports.
I have come a long way from hating sports to becoming a referee and a pseudo sports coach and It couldn’t be possible without the belief KKM built in me. If you wish to contribute/help out, please support me as I run for KKMF this year.