Vedanth Vallapa Reddy a student of Aditi Mallya, Bengaluru showed interest to intern at Empower Sport and help organize events during his 10th and 11th summer breaks. He has been a competitive Chess player since the age of 10, holding a FIDE rank of 1308. As Vedanth puts it "Chess unlike other individual sports is not about aiming to reach the finish line. This sport is all about performing a routine with perfection and responding to your opponent’s move at that moment. This game is all about not giving up when you fall behind. This sport taught me a lot about myself the depth of inner strength, my tenacity, my discipline and my control over emotions." Having toured, and observed the circuit for several years Vedanth strongly feels passionate about promoting chess development, mainly through facilitating learning for underprivileged children. His keen interest in Chess coupled with his passion for Computer Science has resulted in him building a single app that completely reinvents the process by which a single facilitator can teach the chess fundamentals, opening theory and progressively complicated tactics, using a novel algorithm, to be able to efficiently teach chess to a large group of learners. To cater to local audiences, the app is available in popular Indian languages like Hindi and Telugu alongside English. He has recently introduced the app through Empower Sport in many under privileged schools which has helped children who cannot afford experts to learn chess from.
Tulasi Korwar, an 18 year old aspiring sports psychologist, currently pursuing BA in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, studied in Chirac International School where she was elected as the Deputy Sports Captain in 11th grade and the Sports Captain in the 12th grade.
She was a member of the School's Athletic team and has won various Inter-school tennis tournaments. Tulasi has competed on the National Tennis circuit for 6 years.
Growing up with a father who was a professional cricket player and a mother who is a fitness trainer, she has developed an ardent passion for sport. Having been involved in several community service projects, she understands the power of positive and dedicated helping hands in uplifting sport in India. Taking up responsibility of social media for Empower Sport is her first step towards contributing through our volunteer program and being an integral part of our support team. Just as how she has inspired her younger brother to pick up the racquet, Tulasi hopes to do the same for all other kids in the country.
Akhil Gadde is a 15 year old studying at Oakridge International School.He is a basketball player and a current member of the Oakridge International School team.Akhil has been integral in leading his school to a number of wins. He has also represented Hyderabad (his City ) in numerous tournaments.Akhil's interest in Sport is not just restricted to Basket Ball but believes that fitness and sport have not only made him stronger but have been integral in building a number of skills including time management, focus and the ability to keep going.He draws inspiration from his own experience and hence takes timeout regularly to volunteer at Empower Sport. His current area of interest is to re-vampSix-a-side soccer series that Empower Sport has been conducting for several years now.