Reliance Foundation Celebrates Olympic Day with 900 children through Let’s Move India in Mumbai

The children met six-time Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan who inspired them about Olympic values as part of the International Olympic Committee’s “Let’s Move” Campaign.

Nine hundred children celebrated a unique Olympic Day organized by the Reliance Foundation, featuring a  special carnival as part of the IOC’s Let’s Move India initiative, promoting volunteerism and sports. The  event on Saturday, 22nd Jun, held at the Reliance Corporate Park (RCP) in Mumbai, treated children from  disadvantaged communities across Mumbai to a day filled with fun, sports, and educational activities  centred around Olympic values such as excellence, respect, and friendship.

The highlight of the event was a meet-and-greet session with six-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan. He  shared his experiences and emphasized the importance of key Olympic values such as excellence, respect,  and friendship with the children. Keshavan also participated in a special “move and groove” session with  the children.

The event aimed to inspire children to embrace an active lifestyle and recognize its significance. More than  200 employees from Reliance Ecosystem across verticals volunteered for the initiative, overseeing various  sports stations such as basketball, football shootouts, walking races, and fitness sessions, alongside  drawing and art activities. These sessions were designed to instil the importance of physical movement and  activity among the children, motivating them to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Speaking about the initiative, Keshavan said, “Reliance Foundation has always taken the lead in supporting  the growth of the Olympic movement in India. Let’s Move is a great way to help children understand the  benefits of being physically active and how movement is medicine. The kids were extremely enthusiastic,  and their passion and energy were infectious. They had a lot of questions and will learn a lot from this  experience. As an Olympian, I hold the Olympic values very close to my heart, and they are values that will  serve the kids well in their lives too. I hope some of these kids are inspired to play sports actively and  maybe even pursue a career in it.”

Leandro Larrosa, Director, Digital Engagement and Marketing, IOC, added, “Thank you to the Reliance  Foundation, for collaborating on the Let’s Move initiative in India, and creating this opportunity for young  people to meet and learn from an Olympian. The initiative is all about encouraging people to embrace the  joy of movement and an active lifestyle as the world warms up for Paris 2024 and we hope this will inspire  more kids in India to join the fun of sport.”

Through the Let’s Move India campaign, Reliance Foundation aims to promote inclusivity, development,  and the importance of physical activity among 10,000 children from disadvantaged communities across  multiple cities in India in the coming weeks. This initiative will be facilitated by 500 volunteers from  Reliance employees, who will work towards encouraging a healthier lifestyle and fostering positive growth  among these children. The Let’s Move India edition aligns with Reliance Foundation’s goal of supporting  the expansion of the Olympic movement in India and engaging more kids with Olympic values through  sports. The initiative is part of the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), supported by a  partnership between the Reliance Foundation and the IOC.

Be part of Let’s Move India on social media: @rfyouthsports, @reliancefoundation @olympickhel, using the  following hashtags: #LetsMoveIndia #Paris2024 #RelianceFoundation #RFSports #LetsPlay

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