The United States Consulate in Chennai is holding today an interaction with Wheelchair basketball coaches / administrators whose are traveling to the US under Sports Visitor Program.
Six participants from South India include 4 from Tamil Nadu and one each from Karnataka and Kerala are participating. According to a press note, this is a 14-day program for a group of 15 wheelchair basketball coaches, administrators, and players who are potential coaches from disability sport-focused NGOs and federations, the Paralympic Committee and sports academies.
The participants include 9 men and 6 women and abled and differently-abled persons from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Mumbai. This project seeks to build the human and institutional capacity of local partners to create greater inclusion and opportunity for people with disabilities through wheelchair basketball. Recently, in commemoration of African-American History Month, the US Consulate General Chennai in association with the Presidency College screened a documentary about Dr Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream speech and reflected on the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr at the Presidency College in Chennai.
Presidency College students were joined by students from Sri Lanka’s University of Jaffna, who participated via digital video conference. The U.S. Consulate General’s Cultural Affairs Officer Moulik Berkana moderated the discussion and said, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a lasting impact on American society because of his leadership in the struggle for dignity and equality for all. Dr. King was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King traveled to India in 1959 to better understand Gandhi’s work and to pay homage to this great soul. A new generation of young people are in turn inspired by these two great leaders.”