The KickOff Solutions in-person event UNIFY 2022 (CYSD Bhubaneswar, Oct 8-11) was a huge success. The event brought together 60 Sponsored Girls from 12 Indian states & Mali Africa, 12 Coaches/Facilitators, 13 Nonprofit Leads and 5 Industry Experts, supported by 3 Corporate Sponsors and 41 Individual sponsors. This huge team assembled for the first time ever to learn, quiz, share, play ultimate frisbee, listen, sing, dance… and culminated at the inaugural day of the U-17 Women’s World Cup together.
The event was organized and sponsored by Subrotah Biswas, Anushree Sah, Indranil Chaudhury and Anand Devsharma of KickOff Solutions. KickOff Solutions works with 16 partner organizations, including Aahan, OSCAR, Slum Soccer, UPAI, YUWA, Jungle Crows, WAY, PSD, Gopichand Foundation, ACFA, DJED, Ladakh Football Association and Reap Benefit.
“We’re bowled over by the depth of connections formed,” says KickOff Solutions founder, Subrotah Biswas, “and excited about all the mutual allyships for the future. A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible, particularly our partner orgs and corporate sponsors Tata Steel Foundation, BayOne Solutions and Procam.”
The agenda for Unify 2022 combined education, fun and (of course) sports! The first day, the girls were formed into 8 teams and competed in an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Even though more than 80% of the girls had never played Ultimate, they all picked it up immediately and their competitive spirit shone through.
Day 2 gave the girls a chance to share and listen to personal experiences through an imagery exercise where girls drew and shared their past, present and future lives. An incredibly emotional and uplifting experience.
The third day furthered the girls education through inspiring talks by Partner Founders/Leads and insightful Panel Discussions by Industry Expert Speakers, along with learning partner, Reap Benefit.
The finale included a team outing at the Zoological Park and loud cheering at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“Many thanks to AIFF and FIFA for the special treatment and coverage at the stadium,” states Subrotah, “That was a wonderful moment for the girls they will never forget.”
“For me, personally, the highlight of Unify 2022 has to be seeing the attendees, most of whom had never met before, come together to become one family. They broke through language barriers – we had French, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and English – and played, sang, danced and shared. The level of trust and collaborative relationships to solve problems as a diverse changemaker network is just incredible. These girls truly embody our hashtag #HerCourageIsLegendary. I am so proud.”
KickOff Solutions sponsors underprivileged girls who defy norms by playing sports, graduating school, becoming financially independent, and leading social changes. By providing the girls with sports and education, along with offering health nutrition and coaching, KickOff Solutions helps these girls to gain self-confidence, step up and become future leaders.
KickOff Solutions is a US-based non-profit organization that brings together an empowered community of people who want to change the lives of girls in India and Africa. Right now, millions of unprivileged girls are living in extreme condition of poverty and abuse. The time to act is now.
For more information, please visit us at www.kickoffsolutions.com/support
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