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New York: A rising baseball player Kumar Nambiar from Westchester county will be the first Indian-American student athlete to be honored as the “New York State Player of the Year,” media reported on Saturday. B9316867059Z.1_20150406225450_000_GOTAEDPUM.1-0

Nambiar, a 2015 graduate of Mamaroneck High School, will be felicitated on Sunday during the 16th annual Heritage of India Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza County Park, Daily Voice newspaper quoted the event organizers as saying.

The Indian American Cultural Association of Westchester (IACAW), that serves the Indian community of Westchester County, will organize the event.

Playing as a pitcher — the player who delivers the ball to the batsman – Nambiar was a key player who helped his team, Mamaroneck High Tigers, win the Section 1 Class AA State Championship in May, the report said.

Nambiar will be pitching for Yale University next season.

“Baseball stardom is considered rare among Asian Indians. Nambiar might even be the first Indian-American named a state high school baseball Player of the Year anywhere in the US,” Sid Mehta, volunteer broadcaster for Bedford Central School District TV and Fox Lane Foxes varsity sports, said.

Few Indian-Americans across the country play baseball beyond Little League.

Hardly any of them become the ace of their pitching staff as Nambiar has or named the most valuable player (MVP) of the varsity team, the report added.

“Nambiar is a true trail-blazer in the Indian-American community here in the Westchester county,” Mehta added.

(IANS)

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.
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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.

“Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

Trump said that during this month "we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance".
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The month of May is celebrated in the US as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Trump said that during this month “we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance”.

Praising the contributions of Asian Americans, he said: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle program and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said in his proclamation. (IANS)

 

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