2014 Project by: Maria Alvarez, Cara Bradley, Olivia Grecu, & Heather Ward

Our group began this journey to India with the intention of comparing women in sport at the Ashram with the perceptions of women in sport outside of this supportive social structure. It did not take long for us to realize that although sport does play a major role in the lives of the Ashram children, the focus is not on the sports themselves. Instead these youth strive toward teamwork, skill building, and most importantly FUN!

We decided that the overwhelming power and freedom found in play would become the central theme of our book. Without free-play there is no development of essential social and physical skills for children in general, and the Ashram children are amazing examples of how much difference simply playing can make!

We hope that this book has captured some of the spirit of love and joy which we experienced while visiting these beautiful children in their very special home.


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