Monday, September 21, 2009


Velasli Bandya sdb
On September 20, 2009, the Divyadaan and Salesian Training Institute grounds played host to a “junior inter-oratory football tournament” that saw 14 teams participating in it. The fathers and brothers of Divyadaan, Salesian Training Institute, and Don Bosco Bhavan organized this annual football tournament for their oratory youngsters of the various slums of Nashik. The purpose of organizing this event was mainly to help the youngsters discover and develop their hidden potentialities. Every year, the boys eagerly look forward to this event and they spare no efforts to see that their team wins the trophy.
This year around 200 young boys participated in this dawn to dusk tournament. It began with a prayer service which invoked the presence of God. Divyadaan band players gave a warm and hearty welcome to all the Oratory children with the tune of “March Majestic”. Fr. Wyman Gonsalves, the in-charge of the oratories gave a thrilling welcome speech calling the boys for an active participation and enthusing them to give their best. The first game kicked off at 9:00 a.m. after which there was the atmosphere of thri
ll and excitement that kept everyone’s spirits high. It led the youngsters from the oratories to exhibit a marvelous display of their football skills.
The final match was played between the teams from Kamgarnagar and Ganeshnagar. After a tough fight between both the teams, the cup was lifted up by Kamgarnagar. Fr. Aloysius Hemron, the chief guest for this tournament, appreciated the efforts put in by the organizers and congratulated the boys for their excellent performance.
On the whole it was a memorable day for the boys as well as the organizers. While the boys had an enjoyable game, the brothers had a wonderful learning experience of organizing a league tournament and giving themselves wholly to the youngsters. It further helped them to strengthen the bonding among themselves.

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