New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI/Business Wire India): Reebok today brought together international tennis star Nicole Vaidisova and India's leading tennis player Sunitha Rao with budding tennis champs at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association Complex.
The Reebok scholarship program for budding tennis players solidifies the company's belief that for good talent to develop, recognition and reward at the grass roots level is critical. Reebok brought together Vaidisova and the young tennis enthusiasts keen to discover their on-field potential to give them a chance to learn from the very talented Vaidisova.
"Reebok's brand vision is "fulfilling potential" which talks of promoting sports at every level and encouraging young talent in the country," said Sajid Shamim, Executive Director, Marketing and Product, Reebok India. The Reebok scholarship program for Tennis, our attempt to bring global talents like Nicole to India for the first time, our young brand ambassadors like Prakash Amritraj, Divij Sharan, Sunitha Rao and Ankita Bhambhri only mark the beginning of our efforts in the arena of tennis in the country. As market leaders, we want young Indian players to push themselves further, break new grounds and contribute towards making India a nation proud of its pool of sports talent and not just cricket talent. He added "We are happy to award the winners in the under 14 category with a 2 year long contract with Reebok and give them a chance to meet their icon Nicole Vaidisova. We believe that Sports is not a faction of the elitist but a measure of talent, hard work and determination and Reebok as a brand is there to support anyone who has these in abundance measures."
After playing a few friendly knocks with Rao followed by a few knocks with kids, Nicole Vaidisova, Reebok's global brand ambassador said "Tennis has great potential in India and I am excited about Reebok's focus on promoting tennis in India". Meeting with the young tennis players in the community is always a great experience. I'm proud to be associated with a brand like Reebok that supports players from an early stage in their career and helps them to fulfill their potential. Such scholarships will ensure that players have access to the best technology that will help them to optimize their performance and prove that true potential will always find its takers".
The company will promote the game of tennis at three levels in India: the nurturing and recognition of young talent through scholarships, association with key tennis events in the country like Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the launch of high performance Tennis sportswear. The tennis camp organized by Reebok is an interactive platform for young tennis champs to fulfill their potential. The afternoon started off with an interesting quiz session and was followed by a few knocks played between Nicole Vaidisova and the participants. The kids played with great gusto and skill, the energetic game being followed by the distribution of merchandise to all kids at the camp where they got them autographed by their favourite icon.
The winners of the Reebok Scholarship program are: Ratnika Batra - Currently AITA (All India Tennis Association) Women's Rank - ninth. Ratnika is only fourteen and has already accomplished the feat of having such a high ranking. Tarranium Handa - Currently AITA Girls Rank - 1st and Asian Ranking - second (in the under-14 category), a truly stupendous achievement for a young athlete. Reebok also supports around 100 cricketers at international and domestic cricket level with notable icons like Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma all being Reebok brand ambassadors.