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How Mumbai’s civic schools landed a goal – Mid Day( Oct 15, 2019)

How did the 13-year-old daughter of a taxi driver from Sewree slum get to London to train in youth football? Mumbai's BMC schools are producing district-level champions, thrashing premium school teams in football, boxing and basketball

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Prachi Tehlan Celebrates Birthday With Underprivileged Children – Ritz Magazine(October 9, 2019)

Mamangam star Prachi Tehlan celebrated her birthday recently at the Goregaon facility of Hi5 Youth Foundation, a sports NGO dedicated to coaching basketball to underprivileged kids.

About 90 kids, aged 10 to 15 years, attended the event, where Prachi, who has played basketball for Delhi for eight long years and has attended national camps for the sports and has represented India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Netball, played with the kids.

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Mommy Samaritan Usha Sundar: Supporting Youth Through Sport – First Mom’s Club(Oct 9, 2019)

Usha Sundar, who hails from San Francisco, California, has developed a basketball program in villages to help underprivileged children through the Hi 5 Youth Foundation. Her work is making such an impact that the NBA just featured the couple and their non-profit on their platform. In the words of Usha Sundar, co-founder of Hi5 Youth Foundation, “It is a network of sports resources that encourages underprivileged children to get into sports and develop essentials skills for life.”

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Mamangam star Prachi Tehlan celebrates birthday playing basketball with underprivileged kids –Telly Chakkar(08 Oct 2019)

Mamangam star Prachi Tehlan celebrated her birthday on Wednesday at the Goregaon facility of Hi5 Youth Foundation, a sports NGO dedicated to coaching basketball to underprivileged kids.

About 90 kids, aged 10 to 15 years, attended the event, where Prachi – who has played basketball for Delhi for eight long years and has attended national camps for the sports and has represented India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Netball – played with the kids.

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Hope Through Basketball: Sports – A Vehicle for Social Change – CSR Mandate( Sept 23, 2019)

Sadham is at his table studying and completing his assignments. He feels excited that in a little while, he will head to the basketball court warming up for a round of practice as another tournament is approaching. As much as he loves basketball, which has been his lifesaver, he is determined to continue to excel in his studies. Both are vital to him.

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TBI Talkies: Hope Through Hoops – TBI Talkies(Aug 28, 2018)

Palghar’s tribal children dribble their way to a promising future Times Of India( Aug 21, 2018 )

Getting an answer out of Kavita Vaje is not easy. She likes to keep you guessing, then looks at her mother and flashes a coy smile. When she does speak, she knows her mind.

Her neighbour, Prakash Dighe (17), who has also pursued the big orange ball at state matches, is more matter of fact. “I’d like to be a sportsman but if that doesn’t work out I can always join the police force under the sports quota.”

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This Mumbai NGO empower tribals and underprivileged children through Basketball –The Indian Express (15th Aug 2018)

Five students from Gadge Maharaj Mission School, a tribal school in the interiors of Maharashtra, stepped into a city for the first time. It was the first time they had ever competed in a sport and it was definitely the first time they experienced the sweet taste of victory. They were elated of course, but more than that, they suddenly felt a sense of self-worth and purpose, like they had something to look forward to in life.

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R. and Usha Sundar Take Their Love of Basketball from California to India – TheTeal Mango (August 7, 2018)

The couple, who hail from San Francisco, California, have developed a basketball program in villages to help underprivileged children through their Hi 5 Youth Foundation. Their work is making such an impact that the NBA just featured the couple and their non-profit on their platform.

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Leap of faith – Afternoon Despatch and Courier (May 23, 2018)

The Afternoon D&C reporter Parth Khatau speaks to R. Sundar, Director, Hi 5 Foundation that provides free basketball coaching to underprivileged children across the city.

On a lazy May afternoon when most school children were probably enjoying a siesta or playing video games during their summer vacations, a handful of students of a BMC school at Vile-Parle east were warming up for basketball training. "We are holding training throughout the summer vacations,"

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Hi5 Youth Foundation children meet Indian Basketball superstars at the launch of 3BL – 3X3 pro basketball league brought to India by YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd –Core Communique( May 07, 2018)

India, Mumbai, May 07, 2018 – The fastest growing urban team sport in the world, 3×3 Basketball came to India for the first time with 3BL – 3×3 Pro Basketball League. Children from Hi5 Youth Foundation had the opportunity to not only learn a new format of the game but also meet their dream basketball superstars Satnam Singh, Amjyot Singh and PalpreetSingh Brar. The basketball icons made the Hi5 children feel comfortable as they interacted with them, getting to know them better and encouraged them to chase their aspirations. In turn the zeal, drive and simplicity of the Hi5 basketball young guns amazed the celebrities.

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Hoops of delight– DNA (March 17, 2018)

Tenth standard student Preeti, a tribal village girl at Vajreshwari, about two hours' drive from Mumbai, had not known what basketball was or how a basketball court looked like until she joined Hi 5 Youth Foundation's coaching programme.

Nikhil, also from the same area, is grateful to the opportunity provided to express his skills at basketball on a full-fledged court complete with floodlights built by this non-profit organisation

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International Women’s Day Interview: Usha Sundar, Co-Founder, Hi5 Youth Foundation – Startup Terminal(March 08, 2018)

Usha: Just like most women, I have worn many hats in my entire life. Having had lot of experience as a fulltime mother, homemaker I can definitely say giving attention to your children when they are young is an absolute sacrifice one has to make. Slowly and steadily, I returned back to graduate school in USA when my husband was doing his stint with his company’s overseas operations and few startups there. When graduate school ended, started work as a curriculum designer and instructor - again with flexible hours, so that I could see myself spending quality time with my boys. As parents, we did our best to see them blossom into responsible world-class citizens and let our children follow their dream.

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Fans Of The Game | EP10 | Mensxp

Watch how the Sundars moved back to India from the US to transform the lives of tribal children through basketball!

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Slam dunk lessons in life – The Hindu (Aug 17, 2017)

A few trees and scrub dot the landscape. Vehicles whiz by on the lone road, in a hurry to get elsewhere. The Gadge Maharaj Mission school for tribal children in Vajreshwari, a village in Thane district, near Mumbai, sits in unexceptional terrain.

But this summer, the landscape brightened up as a bunch of school kids in fluorescent shorts and vests pounded basketballs, their excited calls piercing the air. The action continued well past sundown: the floodlights flickered on and the children carried on with their drills and matches.

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Changing Life Through Play, Hi5 Youth Foundation, Mumbai Supporting a Cause(Aug 6, 2015)

Established in 2015, Hi5 Youth Foundation is a non-profit and professionally-managed organization in Mumbai. It aims at revolutionize basketball at the grassroots level and provides underprivileged children with an equal opportunity to excel at the sport.

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