It has been over a decade now since the formation of Mumbai Indians. Renowned industrialist, Mukesh Ambani, owner of the goliath that is Reliance Industries, decided that the Indian Premier League would be the next big project to be undertaken. The responsibility of forming the team and building a tournament winning squad fell to Nita Ambani who promptly took up the challenge of making the team successful in a sport that she admittedly did not have an expert understanding in. But over the years, Mumbai Indians have not only been successful on cricket front, they have also been active on several social causes and philanthropic activities.
Reliance Foundation led ‘Education and Sports for All’ initiative-
Nita Mukesh Ambani backed Reliance Foundation has always been at the forefront of several charitable causes. One in particular, ‘Education and Sports for All’ (ESA), was started back in 2010 with the aim to provide progressive development of children by focusing on education and sports as well as to enhance the quality of the sports in India by providing facilities, training, infrastructure, and equipment across multiple sporting facilities. It has had a positive impact by helping over 1 lakh children receive free education and also an opportunity to play a sport.
Mumbai Indians’ association with ‘Education and Sports for All’-
The team has been in favor of this program right from its inception. In support of the cause, Mumbai Indians has dedicated several home matches for ESA; most recently against Delhi Daredevils, where they hosted over 21,000 children from various NGOs across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai for the match, providing the underprivileged children with a life-time experience.
Nita Ambani attends cricket tournament hosted by ESA-
Post the first victory in IPL 2018, Mumbai Indians, led by Nita Mukesh Ambani, attended the final of the ESA cricket tournament held at Wankhede Stadium, on April 18. ESA, along with MI, had hosted a 16 team box cricket tournament in Mumbai for the underprivileged children from 8 participating NGOs, the final of which was played at the defending champions home ground.
Over 1000 children watched the game from the gallery cheering with Nita Ambani, with captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga taking turns to bat and bowl for the two finalist teams Aseema and Shishu Vikas, while coach Mahela Jayawardene played the role of the umpire. All in all, a very happy moment for all the kids out there.
It has been established that under Nita Ambani, programs like ESA shall improvise and only grow further to reach out more children in need and have a positive impact in their lives.