Nita Ambani pays Homage to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, paid tributes to ex-Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Remembering the great personality, Nita Ambani said that Kalam was a visionary and a soft-hearted leader. He was a huge inspiration for the youth and varied sections of the society in India. She referred Kalam to be a “passionate knowledge seeker” and an “ardent proponent of inclusive development.”

She added, “Through his phenomenal achievements as a scientist and a statesman, he symbolized the possibilities and the power of the human spirit and touched the hearts and minds of millions of people. We salute this illustrious son of India who will continue to inspire the generations to come.”

Kalam breathed his last while enlightening students and giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong on Monday evening. He suffered a cardiac arrest and died. Kalam, who was a scientist, successfully led the nuclear tests at Pokhran in May 1998, and the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). He is the man behind making India, a nuclear power. He served as the 11th President of the country for a single term extending from 25th July, 2002 to 25th July, 2007.

Reliance Foundation’s distribution of footballs

In another gesture, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Foundation gave footballs to 32 Zilla Parishads and four municipal schools in an event conducted at the District Collector’s camp office, last week.

Collector Babu A. was the chief guest at the event. He appreciated the promotion of sports and games by companies under their corporate social responsibility activities. He also pleaded the companies to come forward and improve amenities for the students and motivate them for sports.

District programmer of Reliance Foundation, V. Santosh Kumar, informed that his organization completely supports the schools that show interest in encouraging sports. State Director of Sports B. Hanumantha Rao, Physical Education Trainers S.K. Rizwana and P. Vanaja, and District Sports Development Officer P. Ramakrishna were present in the event.

Reliance Foundation’s distribution of scholarships

On 28th May, ‘Reliance Foundation Young Champs’ (RFYC) scholarships were given to 24 young footballers aged between 11 and 14 years. This was done at an event conducted at the Jio Garden at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai in the presence of Nita Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The scholarship will cover football training program and education at Reliance Foundation School in Koparkhairane, Mumbai.

Nita Ambani expressed her delight as Reliance Foundation moved closer to its vision of developing talent at the grassroots level. She was thankful to all the eight Indian Super League (ISL) franchises for this.

The eight teams arranged football camps and selection trials all around the country and children participated in them in thousands. Around 200 were selected for a week’s trial at Mumbai, supervised by Piet Hubers, Technical Director of ISL Grassroots Program and Marcus Vaessen, Head Coach of the RFYC program. Out of these, 24 were given scholarships and they will be trained with the best footballing skills.


Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani, paid a heartfelt tribute to the former Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.


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