Women sporting events organized by the Atlanta Chapter of Sewa International USA
The Sewa Women’s Championship 2022 for Cricket and Kho-Kho were held at Fowler Park in Cumming on September 18. It was soon followed by the Sewa Women’s Indoor Championship for table tennis and badminton at Nets & Turf in Cumming on October 16.
The chief guest of the day was Dr. Syamala Erramilli along with her husband Bob Erramilli, a Johns Creek City Council member, who were accompanied by Vikas Arora, a Sewa volunteer. They inaugurated the event with a prayer to Lord Ganesha and the traditional lighting of the lamp. Dr. Erramilli emphasized how important it is for women to stay active and motivated so that they can be good role models for their children. She also advised how staying active helps one avoid depression.
The women’s cricket competition was ably conducted by match referee Vijay Vaghela. A total of six teams: ATL Strikers, Crickootam, Ferocious Feathers, Firebirds, Magic Makers, and Wildbrooke Warriors participated. The Championship was won by the Firebirds team with Crickootam coming second, ATL Strikers third, and Wildbrooke Warriors fourth.
Complimentary lunch and drinks were provided to the participants under the guidance of Amaresh Parvathaneni and Murali Rajgopalan.
This was followed by the afternoon session which was graced by the presence of Raj Razdan, founder and executive director of Senior Citizens Program, Inc. She also highlighted the importance of women’s well-being and staying active.
Four teams: Mountain Crest Challengers, Ferocious Feathers, Lakshmi Bai, and Wildbrooke Warriors participated in the Sewa Women’s Kho-Kho Championship that was ably conducted by the match referee, Vishal Shah. Sewa’s lead coordinator, Neetu Chauhan, distributed prizes to the winners. The championship was won by Mountain Crest Challengers. Ferocious Feathers came second, Wildbrooke Warriors third, and Lakshmi Bai team fourth.
Overall, it was a joyous, memorable day with two sports events. The event organizing team was led by Neetu Singh Chauhan, Pallavi Panthri, Vani Gaddam, Usha Palagiri, and Garima Saini. Vijai Ganapa, Sewa sports coordinator, guided the teams, Chanchal coordinated the teen volunteers, Prakash Srivastava helped with technical aspects and marketing, Shobit Panthri and Raghav Tavva helped with pictures and videos of the events.
The Sewa Women’s Indoor Championship for Table Tennis and Badminton was held on Oct 16at Nets & Turf in, Cumming. The event commenced with the invocation of Lord Ganesh and the traditional lighting of the lamp.
Veena Rao, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of NRI Pulse, was the chief guest for the morning event. She was accompanied by the president of Sewa’s Atlanta chapter, Srikanth Gundavarapu. Rao spoke about the importance of “sportswomanship” and how giving one’s 100percent is more important than winning. Gundavarapu agreed and said that active women in the family help the whole family in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Anila Shaikh won the singles in table tennis, Pallavi Panthri came in second, Divya Seshadari was third, and Shraddha Javeri was fourth. The doubles were won by Padma Jyothi Padala and Tarana Malik; in second place were Divya Seshadari and Anagha Srinath; third were Vrishali Deshpande and Pallavi Panthri, and fourth were Zalak Khatri and Pooja Rajpoot.
This was followed by an early afternoon event, graced by the presence of Dr. Debra Miller, who has 21 years of oncology experience, highlighted the importance of sports and exercise on health as well as the sisterhood fostered in this process. She also presented cricket and kho-kho champions with their trophies.
The nail-biting badminton championship was won by Divya Seshadri in the singles category. Sreekala Ullati came in second, Sharoon Shetty third, and Srivalli Budaraju fourth. In the doubles championship, Sreekala Ullati and Bhavana Yedlapalli were first, Swopna George and Anna John second, Radhika Baishya and Chaitali Nadkarni third, and Srivalli Budaraju and Sharaddha Javeri fourth.
The evening’s chief guest was Jyothi Chintalapudi, founder-director of Kuchipudi Dance Academy. She enthused all the evening participants with a motivating speech and presented the awards to the winners of the badminton championship.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Sewa volunteering team: Neetu Singh Chauhan, Vani Gaddam, Pallavi Panthri, Usha Palagiri, Vijai Ganapa, Nate Natesan,Parag Matre, Praveen Lambade, Pooja Rajpoot, Ram Sangameshwar, and Sudhir Agarwal.
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