The Team at Mindspace Business Parks REIT ('Mindspace REIT'), followed each table tennis match at the Commonwealth Games 2022 very closely, shadowing their favorite player Akula Sreeja from Hyderabad, India. And they couldn't have felt more pride than when she claimed the Gold Medal in the Mixed-Doubles Table Tennis match. Back in 2021, Sreeja Akula and 8 other athletes from the Somnath Ghosh Table Tennis Academy were brought to the notice of Mindspace REIT, who chose to be a benefactor in helping them further hone their talent in table tennis.
Extending its community impact initiatives towards the empowerment of Gen-Next sportspersons, Mindspace REIT announces #MindspaceforAthletes, endeavouring to assist sportspersons with a healthy Mindspace to focus on their game, reducing burden and worry of finances, nutrition and coaching. With the aim of building and sustaining a long-term partnership while fortifying the sports culture in India, in its inaugural phase, the entity is supporting athletes from the Somnath Ghosh Table Tennis Academy. The alliance will nurture budding talent at the grassroots level poised to be India's champions of tomorrow. It has partnered with non-profit organization United Way of Hyderabad, to reach deserving youth in the field of Table Tennis and could expand to other sports in the future.
The Grade-A office space provider sees excellent synergies with this initiative, given that the sport is gender agnostic, cuts across ages, and is inclusive. The messaging is perfect, given that Mindspace REIT's assets are positioned as enablers of good health and work environs, through its office spaces. #MindspaceForAthletes is part of a larger commitment of Mindspace REIT to assist athletes, while creating long-term social change through the power of sports. Mindspace REIT, through the K Raheja Corp Foundation, works closely with the Telangana State Olympic Association, Telangana Table Tennis Association, and Ministry of Sports to identify athletes deserving of the support. This fellowship provides for coaching, training infrastructure, physio, diet & nutrition, travel expenses and participation fees.
The key beneficiaries of phase 1 of #MindspaceForAthletes are Akula Sreeja, Anukram Jain, Jakkala Gowri, Kesavan Kannan, Raaga Niveditha Balusuri, Sainath Reddy, Kesavan Kannan, Snehit Suravajjula, and Balusuri Varun Shanker, each representing India in the sport of table-tennis.
Vinod Rohira, CEO, Mindspace Business Parks REIT said, "We conceptualized #MindspaceForAthletes as an initiative that is sport agnostic, inclusive, and backed with a resolute belief in talent. We are happy to have played a small role in enabling Sreeja Akula's Gold win for India. The opportunity for brands to nurture a sports culture in India is huge, and we remain committed to creating opportunities that enhance the sports potential of the nation. At Mindspace REIT we invest in initiatives that are in sync with our ESG vision of supporting communities in their journey towards excellence."
Somnath Ghosh, coach said, "We are a Table Tennis Academy that is recognized by the Khelo India (Government of India, with players who have won the country laurels at International Tournaments like the Commonwealth Championships, South Asian Games, and ITTF-recognized tournaments. We are glad to have found a sponsor in Mindspace REIT, who invests in our vision of fortifying sports opportunities for India's talent. Together, we will be able to create a measurable difference in the outcomes we can deliver in the area of sports."
Akula Sreeja said, "I am grateful to my coach and mentor, Mr. Somnath Ghosh for his invaluable inputs and support. I am also very thankful to Mindspace REIT for supporting sports beyond of cricket, and me in particular, enabling me to represent India at a global level."
Rekha Srinivasan, CEO of United Way of Hyderabad said, "Promoting sports and sportsmanship is an integral part of our work. We sincerely thank our partners Telangana Olympic Association, Somnath Ghosh - MLR UTT Table Tennis Academy, and Mindspace Business Parks REIT for their support in launching this fellowship and supporting talented athletes to achieve their fullest potential by improving access to quality training. Hope to see these athletes win many more national and international laurels for the country. Going forward, we look forward to extending support to athletes from other sports and games too."
Mindspace REIT is committed to assisting stakeholders from the sports fraternity and nurturing and fueling India's next generation of sports champions.