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We at AirBenders believe that the ancient discipline of Yoga will increase athletic performance. We have always had the best results while training our athletes by introducing Yoga poses in an already existing fitness regime that we follow. We have found that our players mental concentration has increased while some asanas have increased their strength others have improved flexibility and balance. This has also reduced the number of common injuries.
We all know how important a role sports plays in our lives. There has been a lot of talk of how children are not getting sufficient physical exercise these days. The benefits of playing a sport are many. But does playing a sport be it professionally or as a hobby make one a Sportsperson? Let's see what aspiring Sports children of South-City Airbenders have to convey to us.
Scene – Forbidden forest – a group of 5 kids holding tree branches
Tejaswin Yerra – is walking towards the centre of the stage and looks around in astonishment! Oh, what a place !!! Where am I?
Jo - Who are you?
Tejaswin Yerra - thinks and gives a smile. Well, I am a Sports-man!
Jo - So what sets you apart from the rest? What defines you? We have heard of a man but a Sportsperson??? Please explain
Tejaswin Yerra - A Sportsperson is not any person playing professional sports. But there are some virtues in us that sets us apart from the rest. We not only play Sports but are persons with these qualities that makes us what we are. Learning how to play a Sport is an added virtue if you know what I mean!!!
Scene 2 : Enter Pranav Padiyar with the Placard DISCIPLINE
Devika Pillai – This is a virtue that comes naturally to us, sportspersons. Following the rules and a proper code of behaviour is what we practice automatically. We train ourselves to be disciplined individuals.
Scene 3 : Enter Avyuktha Chhabra with the Placard COMPETITIVE SPIRIT
Pratik Cherian Thomas – We develop a positive competitive spirit. This is very important for us in life. Competition in the right spirit helps us to push ourselves to give it the best. It need not be with others but Competing with one’s own self and setting goals, will make us reach higher heights.
Scene 4 : Enter Angadh with the Placard SELF CONFIDENCE
Swetha P – As sportspersons our self-confidence builds up strongly. We learn to believe in our abilities and how to harness them. Improving our self-confidence helps us to achieve our goals by making us brave to face the challenges that arise in our path.
Scene 5 : Enter Aarav with the Placard COMMITMENT
Niharika Singh - We as Sportsperson are dedicated to the cause. We learn to keep out distractions and focus on our aim. Being committed is not as easy as it will come with a price. We learn to make sacrifices without deviating from our path.
Scene 6 : Enter Yedanth with the Placard TIME MANAGEMENT
Rea Settipalli – A very very important aspect for a Sportsperson, We know the importance of time better than anybody. Every fraction of a second is important and has value.
Scene 7 : Enter Pranay Malviya with the Placard PHYSICAL STRENGTH
Arnav Chhabra - There are many health benefits that we acquire by training for physical strength. Weight maintenance, improving metabolism are some to name a few. Exercising our muscles regularly will help prevention of loss of muscle strength.
Scene 8 : Enter Riddhima with the Placard HANDLING STRESS
Nandini R – A Sportsperson learns to handle stress well and move forward. Emotional strength is very important for any player which is what playing competitive sports teach us. Playing under pressure helps us to better our emotional strength.
Scene 9 : Enter Neil Vishak NS with the Placard RESPECT
Arya Baliga- We learn the importance of respecting our coaches, co-players, opponents, rules of the game, referees and spectators. Respect is one of the key aspects of human life. It helps one build positive relationships. And positive relationships are the pathway to success.
Scene 10: Enter Mihir with the Placard LOSING GRACEFULLY
Vedanshi - There are chances of failing in some competitions, but a good Sportsperson is one that is not afraid of failure. We learn to succeed from our various failures. We learn to handle failures & success equally without regrets. Through failures, we learn and adopt a new mindset or a new way of approaching things. We steer them towards success.
Scene 11: Enter Divya with the Placard TEAM PLAYER
Yashika Gautam – We become team players. For the success of any team, it is important to have team players. Co-operation, Co-ordination and Patience are developed by becoming team players. Even in if an Individual has to win a championship; his or her entire team has to work together towards one common goal.
Scene 12: Enter Aditi with the Placard MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Sarvvesh Ravi – Well, we have people going to management schools to learn what comes to us in the everyday course of our activities. We develop communications skills, the ability to inspire & motivate our team members. We develop the ability to assess and overcome challenges. Our watch words are determination with patience.
“I’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN GAMES, WHETHER IT’S SITTING ON A BENCH WAVING A TOWEL, HANDING A CUP OF WATER TO A TEAMMATE, OR HITTING THE GAME-WINNING SHOT.” – KOBE BRYANT
“IF I HAVE BELIEF THAT I CAN DO IT, I SHALL SURELY ACQUIRE THE CAPACITY TO DO IT EVEN IF I MAY NOT HAVE IT AT THE BEGINNING.” – MAHATMA GANDHI “TALENT WINS GAMES, BUT TEAMWORK & INTELLIGENCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.” MICHAEL JORDON
“YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO REACH YOUR DREAM. YOU HAVE TO SACRIFICE AND WORK HARD FOR IT.” MESSI
Together by Devyani, Tejaswin, Sarvesh, Devika, Nandini, Swetha, Rea........and the rest. Being a Sportsperson has taught me how to win honourably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage my time and stay out of trouble!!!
WE CAN RUN
WE CAN JUMP
WE CAN SKIP & HOP
WE CAN DRIBBLE
WE CAN PASS
WE CAN SHOOT LIKE A STAR
WE CAN GUARD
WE CAN PIVOT
WE CAN TURN THE TABLES
WE CAN FAKE
WE CAN FAST BREAK
WE CAN LAY IT UP
RESPECT, TRUST, UNITED WE STAND !
WE ARE THE AIRBENDERS