Yuwa, a Jharkhand based NGO Which works for women empowerment has won one of the coveted awards the Laureus Sport of Good award, becoming the third entry into the list of Honor.

The NGO was founded by American Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009 with an objective of strengthening the status of women in India, undertakes a football programme in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.

Out of the amateur girls’ footballer group, experienced ones are promoted by making them coaches.

A bunch of four shining footballers out of a brigade of 450 girls, Hima, Nita, Radha and Konica have been selected to receive the award on behalf of YUWA at The Laureus World Sports Awards scheduled  today.

Erstwhile, Marking its maiden entry in to the Laureus Awards in the year of 2004, an Indian sporting team and its Pakistani counterpart shared the Sport of Good Honour for resuming ties despite tensions between two countries.

In a recent past, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus sport for Good Award in 2014.

On Sunday, none other than legendary coach Arsene Wenger kicked football with the young Indian girls ahead of the announcement.

“They are good technically and want to play together. We used to say football is a sport played by 11 selfish individuals but they play like a team and are highly motivated,” said Wenger.

Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin too was inspired by the story of the Indian girls who come from humble backgrounds and from a region where child marriage is prevalent.

“It is just so inspiring to hear their story and meet them. I am glad I could spend some time with them,” said the 23-year-old Franklin, who took a shock retirement from the sport in December last year.


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