[edit] K-MACS Dream Play 2012

Sanket Mehta

Well organized. Excellently planned. Top competition. These were just some of the words that were buzzing around the stands and ground, on the 24th of March 2012 when Vibha Dream Play was hosted at South Forsyth Middle School.

The Vibha Dream Play is one of the annual flagship charity chess and table tennis tournament hosted by Vibha every year to help raise funds for projects supporting the under-privileged children in India. This year, the Vibha Dream Play was organized by the Vibha Youth, at South Forsyth Middle School gymnasium in Forsyth County, without whose support, we would have never been able to host such a successful event. The location served well for the intense thinking and physical competition that took place during the day. The Dream Play event this year witnessed an enthusiastic crowd from all age-groups and occupation. As the day unfolded, the South Forsyth gymnasium was packed with cheerful abundance – young people accompanying parents and adult participants - all eager to compete against each other and stake their claim on the trophies. A fun-filled day with indoor table tennis and chess tournaments and various other awareness events was an excellent addition to the schedule of adults and children who attended the occasion on Saturday.

In contrast to previous Vibha events, the Vibha Dream Play 2012 was the first program to be fully organized by the youth. From publicity to registrations to sponsorships, the event was all mapped out by youth leaders who were dedicated to serving the community. As the organizer of the event, Youth Lead Neeraja Sarda put it across, "No hurdles were too big for our group of dedicated volunteers this year. As soon as we had our first meeting, a location was set, plans were made, leads were assigned, and a date was chosen. When our first venue brought up unsolvable problems, we stayed in touch so that once South Forsyth Middle School was finalized; we were ready to pounce into action with publicity and registrations. The hard work of the team and careful attention to direction was displayed by all volunteers to ensure that our event was a success. As everyone was told what to do and where to go, no one complained or caused any harm to the fluidity of event day procedures.” From the bold move to change the name from Khel Mela to a more encompassing Dream Play, designed to encourage the participation of people from wide ethnic groups, and from door to door registrations all the way to mass emailing every week, these were just some of the tasks Vibha Youth focused on to make the trademark event a success. This included taking the initiative and informing high school and middle school clubs as well as harnessing the power of social media, such as posting on Facebook and tweeting on Twitter. The youth team also was responsible for the coordination and planning of the event, including buying the trophies and awards and printing the final registration list, which they seemed to handle remarkably, even after a delay due to the change in venue, losing two weeks of precious time. The parent coordinator, Priti Sarda, also added to this mentioning, “I was amazed to see that these students who are typical teenager in their behavior, are really talented, and can do anything when you just direct them a little… it was them who managed everything… those who were there might have seen that they were having so much fun while doing all these - in fact one would see they were only having fun, but it was their efforts behind the smoothly ran event.” This left an impact on many of the members of Vibha Youth, including Amala who said, “As a Vibha Youth volunteer, I felt proud to be able to work with people who I knew were all working towards the same cause. Moreover, becoming a leader allowed me to see the potential that every Vibha volunteer has, no matter what age.” While performing these activities, the main goal of Vibha was never put out of sight, Vibha aims to strive continuously to create brighter futures for underprivileged children around the world, a motto that has proved itself true by the success of all of Vibha’s fundraisers.

[edit] Chess

The 2012 Dream Play chess tournament was held in K-3, K-6, K-9, K-12 and open categories, where many passionate chess players had an opportunity to shine. A special gratitude must be shown for Steve Schneider who helped coordinate the chess tournaments throughout the day. Steve Schneider was roped in by the Vibha Youth for this year as an excellent suitor for chess, due to his experience as the founder and director of the chess school Championship Chess, and author of the Scholastic Chess Series. He also owns a chess club and has coached several kids at the state and national level. Coach Steve is currently developing a network of Affiliate instructors in cities across America to further his vision of providing strong chess programs for children across the country.

The chess tournament was a prolific event, with almost seventy children and adults attending, from the novice to the experienced and people of all scopes. The tournament used the standard Swiss-system format, which allows everyone, including those who have lost matches, to continue rounds till the end of the tournament and the fact that it was unrated strengthened the aspect of improvement being the maxim. The primary and elementary school divisions played a fast chess game in which players were assigned other partners as soon as their match ended. They did not have to wait for everyone else to finish before they could play their next match, as in most tournaments. This allowed participants to play unlimited matches, the focus being on excellence rather than victory. The open category was built on the idea of sudden death (SD/30), meaning each player had a maximum of 30 minutes to play a match until the result was announced as a win or a tie.

The chess tournament was a revelation of mind strategies. The elementary awards for excellence went to Pranav Potluri and Sanjay Shajith for showing good technique, temperament, and strategy, with them being in the tender years of Kindergarten and First Grade. In the fixed playing categories, Siddharth Vijay was crowned the winner of the K-3 division, while Eeshwar Potluri was named the runner up. Ainesh Balaga and Sid Balaga were announced as co-champions in the K-6 category and Tejas Mirthipati, the runner up. The K-9 category champion was Rithvik Sarasani and in the hotly competed Open category, Shyam Dasari was deservedly handed the cup while the runner up trophy was presented to Srini Baddam.

[edit] Table Tennis

Table tennis was also a crowd puller this year, the event bringing in almost fifty people. There were several categories, ensuring that all could participate and reap rewards for their talents. The numerous divisions were Men and Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Under 15, Team Championships. As the matches unfolded one by one, the players did not fail to impress, keeping the audience engaged throughout the ties and the spirit of fair play their dictum.

The men’s single was a showcase for skill, as it has been since Dream Play’s inception, churning out many bright prospects as well as old masters. In an intense showdown between Vasudev Kallapur and Krishna Venkatesh, Vasudev Kallapur was rightfully awarded the winner of the Men’s Singles event. After several rounds of sweating it out at the table, the trio of Suresh Kanchusthambham, Vasudev Kallapur, and Srinivasarao Kanchusthambham emerged as the victors over runner-ups Krishna Venkatesh, Satish Vasa, and Vinay Uchil in the TT Team Final. In the entertaining match-up in the Men’s Doubles finale, Suresh Kanchusthambham & Vasudev Kallapur, a regular in TT in the Dream Play games, triumphed over Srinivasarao Kanchusthambham & Vinay Uchil, thus sealing Vasudev Kallapur excellent showing in the tournament, being part of the winning team in all three men’s contests.

The women’s and youth playoffs were no less spectacular than the men’s, and with three categories to engage, there was a good turnout and match quality. In the battle for the Women’s Singles trophy, victory was rewarded to Archana Athalye, who won against 2009 finalist Rinku Singhal. The mixed doubles’ final proved to be no less than nail-biting, where Archana Athalye & Mahesh Athalye pulled through to clinch the cup against second place Pallavi Sathe & Vaibhav Sathe, who have to be credited for their play. In the finals of the U-15 Cup, a commendable performance in an electric match by Yagnik Tadavarthi ensured that he won the event against Chetan Velivela.

The 9th Annual Vibha Dream Play was a success and the youth’s commitment towards service through restarting the Vibha Youth as well as management of the event along with the support of the people, families, and sponsors that helped in Dream Play is what really made this event click. The event served its purpose, and as Suresh Kanchusthambham of title sponsor K-MACS put it across, “Vibha – its passionate volunteers and the cause… has inspired me a lot. Our company has joined as the title sponsor for the Vibha Dream Play primarily to be part of good team working for a great cause. We will work closely with Vibha in coming years.”

Vibha is grateful through the support it has received in numbers through its sponsors, especially title sponsor K-MACS, as well as financial and physical help to make this Dream Play a success of immense stature.

You can also help: Come join us Vibha is not only an organization, but a movement to make a positive difference in the lives of the millions of underprivileged children in India. Charity events like these raise money essentially for schooling for poor children in India and for American children’s fundraisers and we would be grateful for any donation you could make. Please help us help them.

If you would like to enroll in our automatic donation program “Help Them Grow” (HTG), please visit Contribute to HTG page. Please visit our website to learn about our upcoming entertaining fund raisers and Volunteer page about how you can get involved. Come join us build a better today for a fruitful tomorrow.

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[edit] Upcoming Events

Volunteer Meeting - July 9th, 2016 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Johns Creek Fire Station

Local volunteering @ Fostercare Support Foundation – Saturday July 30, 2016 – 10am-Noon

Dream Mile 2016 – Sep 17, 2016

[edit] Recent Events

Volunteer Meeting - June 12th, 2016 Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Volunteer Meeting - April 2nd, 2016 , Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Vibha Cricket Cup 2016, April 16th

Volunteer Meeting - May 14th, 2016 , Saturday 3:00 to 5:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Volunteer Meeting - Oct 10th, 2015 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Dream Mile 2015 - Sept 19th

Foster Care Volunteering, August 1, 2015

Volunteer Meeting - July 11th, Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM

Volunteer Meeting - June 7th, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM, Johns Creek Fire Station No. 62

Vibha Cricket 2015 - April 2015

Youth Volunteer Meeting - April 26th, Sunday 12 to 2PM, Shakerag Firestation (Near Shakerag Elementary)

Vibha Chess 2015 - February 7th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - February 14th, 2015 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Vibha Table Tennis 2015 - February 28th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - January 10th, 2015 - 2:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Local Volunteering @CRN Gift Wrapping, December 20th 2014

Volunteer Meeting - December 6th 2014

Dream Mile 2014 - Sept 20th

Vibha Cricket 2014

Dream Play 2014

Dream Mile 2013

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2013

Dream Play 2013 - February 16th, 2013

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2012

FutureTech Cricket Cup 2012

Dream Play 2012 (Khel Mela) - March 24th, 2012

Hands-On Volunteering - Dec. 18th, 2011

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2011 - Oct 1st

Vibha Open - Tennis Tournament - Aug 20th

Krishna Kanhaiya - June 19th

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011

Vibe - March 5th 2011

Past Events

[edit] In the Press

Cricket and Service: A Perfect Duo

FutureTech commits $50K in the next 5 years to Vibha Cricket Cup

K-MACS Dream Play 2012

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011 - Khabar (July 2011)

International Dance Festival raises funds for children’s causes! - Khabar (February 2011)

12th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2010)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2010 - Khabar (July 2010)

11th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2009)

Pyramid Consulting Super16 (July 2009)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2009 - Khabar (June 2009)

Sanket Systems Khel Mela 2009 - Khabar (May 2009)

Older Press Releases

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