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Apeejay School, Rama Mandi, Jalandhar U19 Basketball Girls team wins the third position in the State level competition

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Air Ball! Hoop! Box out!

Basketball is one hell of a sport. Everyone loves a five point basket shot. Take a stroll to any sports stadium or fitness complex around you, and you’ll be amazed to see so many kids wearing a LeBron James or Kobe Bryant jersey.

Why even go that far, just have a look at the Instagram followers of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, our very own Indian basketball captain who plays in Australia’s NBL (National Basketball League) and you will see how much basketball is loved in India.

It is growing rapidly at the grassroots and students at most schools actively utilise their basketball courts. Mind you, basketball is not a boys only sport. Girls can take out a basket from a five point distance as accurately if not more.

And girls from Apeejay School, Rama Mandi, Jalandhar, proved this point recently by winning the third position in the U-19 Basketball State level competition.

Speaking about the achievement, Principal, Mrs. Sangeeta Nistandra said, ‘You must have heard the famous statement, ‘ The five S of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.’    We, at Apeejay Rama Mandi, try our best to instill these values in all students which is why our students rise and shine always .They know how to bounce back and they always personify a never say die spirit .”

Upon speaking with a team player, Jasleen Parmar, one observes the same streak of inspiration as she said, “I give my all in the match. My motto is clear: Regret for losing the match is okay but the regret of not giving your 100% isn’t okay'”

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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