Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment won the Laureus Sport for Good Honour Award last Sunday. They are the third in the nation to have bagged the prestigious honour.
Four girls out of the 450, Hima, Radha, Nita, and Konika received the award on behalf of Yuwa at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.
The NGO was founded by Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009. Since then, they have been running a football programme covering 450 girls from across rural Jharkhand.
The girls even got a chance to play with legends – Arsene Wanger, Cafu, Boris Becker, and James Marsden before the event.
What happens when #Laureus19 Sport for Good winners @YuwaFootball come up against a Legends team made up of @officialcafu, Arsene Wenger, @TheBorisBecker and Hollywood actor James Marsden?— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019
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Twitter roared with congratulatory messages for the little brave ones.
The confidence and passion with which @YuwaFootball girl delivered her experience in front of the fame global audience is something which should inspire millions of our girls in India.— Shaji Prabhakaran (@Shaji4Football) February 19, 2019
Keep up the great work #YuwaFootball https://t.co/ta80tAA9n9
Congratulations @YuwaFootball, #Laureus19 Sport for Good Award winners.— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) February 18, 2019
Empowering girls through sport to overcome violence.
“My name is Neeta, and I choose my own future.” ❤️pic.twitter.com/uhTNRhqXzM
India bagged the award fifteen years after the cricket teams of India and Pakistan won it for spreading the message of peace through sport.