A.Amuldoss, Director of Physical Education, Thiruvalluvar University, has promised all possible help to about 50 residents of the Seva Illam who have won several laurels in State, national and international-level football tournaments.
Mr. Amuldoss was here to participate in the felicitation function of the girls who completed the month-long football training camp, organised under the aegis of the Indira Gandhi Academy of Sports and Education (IGAS), at the Anna Stadium here on Tuesday.
The Director said that it was rare to come across so many girls in the same place excelling in a single game and Cuddalore was in fact lucky in this aspect. The poignant thing about them was that many of them were orphans or having single parents.
However, they had the fire in the belly to perform to their potential in a consistent manner to bring more glory to the district. Therefore, Thiruvalluvar University was more than happy to take up their cause.
Of them, 13 would be going to college from this academic year and Principal Fr.Ratchagar of St.Joseph's College here was magnanimous to provide them admission in the undergraduate courses of their choice, besides providing them free education and hostel accommodation.
Mr. Amuldoss further said that after joining the college the girls would come under the purview of the Thiruvallur University (which has affiliated colleges in the four districts of Cuddalore, Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai and Vellore) so it could sponsor them for various national and international events.
At least 13 of them had played international events in eight-nine countries and the remarkable aspect about them was that they were not only football champions but also high academic achievers.
Therefore, Mr. Amuldoss said that the university had decided to extend support and encourage them in their pursuits. If needed, it would even reimburse their educational expenses.
He emphatically said that after graduation the university would help them get good placements. As a tribute to the persistent efforts put in by the girls in sports and studies, the university had decided to host the all-India university-level football tournament in Cuddalore for which it was making preparatory measures.
Mr. Amuldoss hoped that the university-level national event would further their career prospects and also motivate others to emulate them. R.C.Udayasankar, general manager, TANFAC, said that the girls who had done proud to Cuddalore district deserved all praise and support.
Chidambaram, a TANFAC employee, donated a bicycle to a girl, while 14 wristwatches were given away to them by donors and hold-alls by IGAS president S.Manivannan. S.Mariappan, IGAS secretary, read out a report and K.Thirumalai, treasurer, felicitated them.
L.Jayachandran, vice-president of the Tamil Nadu State Volleyball Association, Sujatha Srinivasan, a member of the Social Welfare Board, and Jayanthi Natarajan, district chairman, Innerwheel District-298, also participated.