The inaugural ceremony was addressed by honourable guests like Capt Ganesh Karnik- Deputy Chairman, NRI Forum & MLC Govt of Karnataka, Mr N A Harris - MLA , Shanthinagar Constituency. The 'Herbalife Bangalore School Games 2012' was declared open by Mr Metod Klemenc, Founder International Children Games – Children's Olympics, Renowned personalities from the sports faternity like Reeth Abraham, Jude Felix, Ashwini Nachappa, Girisha, Vimal Kumar, MP Ganesh were present at the occasion to extend their support to this initiative.
For the first time in the country, children living with HIV/AIDS are participating, and had been the torch bearers for this event.
Speaking about this initiative, Mr Ajay Khanna, country head, Herbalife India said, "At Herbalife, we strongly believe in encouraging budding sports talents across the globe and supporting them on their journey to achieve milestones in their careers. We are delighted to be associated with Bangalore School Sports Foundation in organizing 'Herbalife Bangalore School Games 2012' as an initiative to promote sports talents and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle in children. Sporting activities in the early stages of a child play a significant role in the mental, physical and emotional well being of the child."
Herbalife as an established and respected global nutrition company takes pride in promoting and sponsoring sports and fitness events around the world. The company sponsors professional sports talents who reflect Herbalife's mission to stay fit and active, inspiring millions to embrace a healthy lifestyle through their quality and depth of work and impressive performance at the international sports arena. In India, Herbalife is associated with youth sports icons such as Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and budding sports athletes Dipika Pallikal and Somdev Devvarman.
Enthusiastic about this event, Elvis Joesph, director, Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation, said, "Herbalife Bangalore School Games’ provides an excellent platform for talent from 500 schools in Bangalore, competing under various disciplines of sports, to assemble under one umbrella. In our aims to nurture young talent, professionalize school sports from the grassroot level, set new standards, create gateway opportunities and make Bangalore City an international destination for sports, we are happy to partner with Herbalife, who themselves are promoting sporting talents across the globe".
The Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation has a strong community focus and is committed to promoting sports, physical activity and improving the health levels of children and society at large. The Foundation strongly believes that sport is a "Way of Life" and everybody should benefit from health and fitness activities and leading an active lifestyle.
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About Bangalore School Sports Foundation
Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation was initiated in 2009, by Mr Elvis Joseph, a state and university medalist, sports promoter by profession with experience in project management, sports administration, turnkey projects, sporting events, training, business development & strategic planning. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, special mission sports foundation created to serve the State and Nation with programs in Sports Promotion, Instruction, Research, Education, Leadership, Events and Service. The role of the Foundation is to prepare aspiring athletes such as Children, Physically Disabled, Intellectually Challenged, Young Men & Women and Professional Athletes for careers in sports.