Bopanna, Uthappa to mentor young athletes

The Sports School will award scholarships to approximately 60 eligible students across four sports, who will mentored by Robin Uthappa and Rohan Bopanna.

Rohan Bopanna, who is the chief mentor of TSS, said the scholarship will help talented players realise their dreams without having to face financial difficulties.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

India cricketer Robin Uthappa and tennis icon Rohan Bopanna will mentor budding sportspersons of the country as part of the National Scholarship Program launched by The Sports School (TSS), an integrated institution for sports and academics, on Friday.

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The Sports School (TSS), which was awarded Best Education Institute Promoting Sports at FICCI India Sports Awards 2020, will award scholarships to approximately 60 eligible students across four sports -- cricket, football, tennis and basketball.

The announcement was made during a virtual press conference attended by Bopanna, Uthappa along with Mandar Tamhane, CEO of Bengaluru FC and partner for The Sports School Football Academy.

“I’m glad that this scholarship program will be a great opportunity to reach out to the talented kids who give up on their dreams of a tennis career due to lack of financial support and opportunities,” said Bopanna, who is the chief mentor of TSS and founder of Rohan Bopanna TSS Tennis Academy.

The scholarship program will be offered to students in the age category of U-12, U-14 and U-16. The candidates will be evaluated based on their potential and performance in the trials, to be held in January.

The scholarships will range in between 25 per cent to 100 per cent covering sports training and academics fees.

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“During the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, I was in my final year of BCom and I missed my final year exams because I was at the World Cup," Uthappa said.

“Only the following year I could sit for the exam that too after I had gone through special classes and that I wrote the exams. But this we don’t have to do in The Sports School, we make sure that we integrate education with sports.”

TSS has also tied up with Bengaluru FC as its football partner. The last date to submit the application is December 28.

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