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Naperville’s Indian Community Outreach program to offer scholarship to Indian students

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Chicago, Illinois: The Naperville Indian Community Outreach (ICO) has brought a great opportunity for the students of Indian origin who made their mark in the fields of academics, Sports, Arts (Visual, Film, Music, Dance, Digital Arts, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Drama, Theater etc.), Leadership, and Community Service. The Lotus Excellence Awards by ICO will be held on April 21, 2016.

The press release issued in this regard stated that applicants to be selected for the award should have good academic background with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on a scale of 5.0. The cash value set for each award is $500. The submission of applications for the award will take place till April 4th, 2016.

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach, said: “The primary mission of ICO is to embrace, preserve, and promote the Cultural Heritage and contributions of Indian-Americans while educating them to get involved with the City of Naperville.”

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.
Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.

Each award category can hold multiple recipients. The press release further said that those eligible and encouraged to participate in the event are the students of School District 203, 204 or residents of Naperville studying at Private Schools/Home Schools/IMSA.

Selected applicants will get notified by April 15th, 2016 and the award presentation will take place on April 21st, 2016.

The Chairman of ICO also advised students of Indian origin to come in large numbers and desired full participation by them to submit applications for the ICO’s Lotus Excellence Awards.

Saily Joshi, an ICO Board Member, suggested the participants for the award to carefully fill the applications and in entirety since failure to do so will result in getting disqualified from the selection process.

Another ICO Board Member Smita Bhatia stated that additional information about the Lotus Excellence Award can be had on www.napervilleindian.com. “The students may email their queries, if any, to studentaward@napervilleindian.com”, she added.

Chicago is one of the major cities of the United States, situated in the Illinois state. It is the largest city in the Great Lakes Megalopolis. This metropolitan region is home to a huge Indian community.

  • Shriya Katoch

    This is such an exciting opportunity .

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Move over Baseball, it’s Cricket Time in Chicago

West Loop Cricket Association (WLCA), Chicago, provides an unbeatable platform to the hundreds of cricket fans in US

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Players representing as many as 20 diverse neighbourhoods from Chicago and suburbs, were joined by those who drove hundreds of miles to be part of this fun tournament.

By West Loop Cricket Association, Chicago

Two days. 18 teams. 25 games. One winner. Thats cricket in Chicago for you. Baseball.

Played in the sprawling University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Michelle Obama Athletic Complex, in the west loop neighbourhood of Chicago, the Super 8 Cricket Tournament is becoming a huge hit among the cricket crazy fans in Chicago and neighbouring cities like Ohio.

When four IT guys, originally from India (Harry, Shreenidhi, Vivek, Harsha), decided to start a cricket club in Chicago, little did they know, that what was started as a one time game, would take shape of a tournament, being played every year.

Since its inception in 2017, the number of participating teams in the Super 8 Cricket Tournament, has gone from 8 to 18. This time, according to the organisers, registrations had to be stopped in five days. Talk about supply exceeding the demand.

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Since its inception in 2017, the number of participating teams in the Super 8 Cricket Tournament, has gone from 8 to 18.

“Our initial goal was 16, then we moved to 18, but then we had to stop the registration, as the teams kept coming from different neighbourhoods, says Vivek Sarkar, Co-founder, WICA (West Loop Cricket Association). We also got requests from few non-Indians, which we will try to accommodate, next time.”

Sponsorship association with US Bank reflects the games’ huge popularity and increasing fan base, in the city known for it’s love for baseball (Chicago Cubs).

“It is an honor to sponsor the WLCA and this wonderful event! Thank you for allowing U.S. Bank to be a part of your cricket family. Cheers to your success”, says Susan Brown, Mortgage Loan Originator, US Bank.

For the players, it’s the undying love for the game of cricket that pulls them together. Players representing as many as 20 diverse neighbourhoods from Chicago and suburbs, were joined by those who drove hundreds of miles to be part of this fun tournament. Every year this tournament brings in new experince, new motivation.

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“Basically for love of the game, we like organising and managing things, want to stay connected in this way, and spread this game around. Chicago is a very diverse city, many people often ask us about cricket, which makes us so happy. I would love to make this the best cricket league in Chicago”, says Kunal, Member, Core Organising Team.

For a few teams, even names are typical Indian (Chennai Super Kings, Hyderabad Nawab, Hyderabad Blues).

If you want to get in touch and participate in the next year’s tournament, the core organising team includes Kunal, Niranjan, Sunil, Saurabh, Vijay, Yogesh and Rahul.

This year GloryHunters took the champions trophy while defending champions Chicago Centaurs were the runners up.