Bangalore: Rajeev, of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Karnataka Bulldozers and the highest scorer of CCL who scored 150 runs, on Saturday, gave away the annual Samarthanam Cricket Cup winner trophy to the members of Arcot Systems who put up a brilliant show against the team from Shell India, at a function held in the Yavanika hall of the State Youth Centre on Nrupatunga Road here.
Samarthanam, a trust for the disabled, had organized a 10-over corporate cricket tourney in association with TE Connectivity in which as many as 20 companies had participated over a period of four weekends.
The Kings X1 Punjab members, in company with social activist and international designer Sanjana Jon, who have pledged their support to Samarthanam initiatives, felicitated the winning team.
Rajraj Kumar, director of TE Connectivity - the title sponsor, Rajeev of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), R Srinivasa, additional deputy commissioner, Bangalore urban, C B Ramkumar, president, Karnataka Tourism Forum, were also present at the event. It was followed by a mesmerizing show put up by the visually impaired dancers.
The winners were given a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 while the runners-up received Rs 50,000. Speaking on the occasion, Samarthanam founder Mahantesh said, “The support of the people around is what helps Samarthanam strive to be winners every single time in our single most goal of creating a society of equal opportunities”.
S P Nagesh, president, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) requested Rajeev to talk to his captain Sudeep ("Kiccha") to organize a benefit match of CCL to raise funds for the T20 World Cup for the Blind.
Samarthanam are the main organizers of the first ever T20 World cup cricket to be held in the country for the visually impaired in December 2012.
Samarthanam has been working to empower the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people in India. Samarthanam supports the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged to keep in pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, placement based rehabilitation and achieve personal independence.
However the long-term focus of Samarthanam is shaping an inclusive society which provides opportunities - without any discrimination - for the development of the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people.