Lucknow: Not every person who trains as an aspiring hockey player can actually dribble his way to glory on the national turf. Some struggle and eventually backout and restrategize in their life. They either quit or stick to their forte but in a different way.
For one old Lucknow University hand, despite his failure to make the cut in the game, he continues to do yeoman’s service to the sport of hockey as he trains young slum children the art of good dribbling to time that perfect shot. With good work, he has got much praise.
So far, about 40 children from the slums have been inspired to play hockey. All that this young turk wants is that what he could not achieve, the slum kids should and make him proud one day with their medals.
Lucknow lad Gaurav Awasthi resides in Lucknow. His entry in the University was in 2012. He did MSW in 2020 and is now preparing for Phd. As a player who has played the Junior Nationals for 3 years under the boarding scheme, the Under 21 with help from the Sports Authority of India, he has also captained the Lucknow University team.
With no support or solid backing, he had to at a point rethink his plans. He has authored a book based on those dreams. The name of that book is ‘Another Dronacharya’.
Under his watch, two of his good students have got selected for the Tata Academy. They are Akash Yadav and Garima Maurya.
These children have very humble origins. One has a father who cooks for a hotel. Another has a father who is a gardener. But both have full support from home. We hope this young gun gets his much deserved due as a man single handedly preparig future hockey greats.