Real heroes don’t always wear capes; they also teach, mentor and help individuals realize their best potential. Dedicating countless hours to us with their knowledge and insight, it is teachers, who with their blood, sweat and love, become of one of the biggest superheroes in our lives. While we look up to a host of successful icons across various fields, it is their teachers who are instrumental in propelling them to success. This year, on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Sony YAY! celebrates these real heroes through a uniqueinitiative Heroes Behind The Heroes.
India has always been a country that has placed its teachers on a pedestal. Taking forward the annual celebrations of Teachers Day, Sony YAY’s Heroes Behind the Heroes campaign recognizes and celebrates those mentors/gurus who have not only groomed world-class individuals across various fields, but also continue to encourage budding talent. Sony YAY! aims to strengthen the bond kids’ have for their teachers, mentors and guides.
A product of the Mumbai grounds himself, Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar today presides over three academies in the city. The channel celebrated his contribution to not only Indian cricket but also coaching and mentoring famed cricketers, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar. Under his guidance, budding cricketers of today have honed their cricketing skills towards reaching their dream of representing India.
Not just cricket, Badminton too continues to win laurels for the country with its shuttlers dominating on the world stage. One of the most inspiring figures in producing the new badminton stars of tomorrow has been Mr. Pullela Gopichand. Mr. Gopichand has taken the likes of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu under his wing and trained them to perfection. In addition to these two superstars, the 2009 Dronacharya Awardee grooms youngsters at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. A badminton player himself, he has a watchful eye over India’s badminton contingent as the National Coach.
Former Badminton player and India’s Chief National Coach, P. Gopichand: “Extremely humbled by this gesture by Sony YAY! To be recognized for your efforts in shaping an individual’s career, is a really nice feeling and this initiative serves it to perfection.”
Former Indian cricketer and Founder of Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Dilip Vengsarkar: “Cricket has quite easily been my life. From representing India at the highest level to nurturing talent, it has been a joy ride. A little celebration of all those years of dedication will inevitably bring smiles on faces of teachers. I am extremely happy that Sony YAY! has undertaken this initiative and aims to celebrate the real Heroes Behind the Heroes. Thank you, Sony YAY!”