Swarga Calendar : A tribute to differently abled athletes

Swarga Foundation - “I’m Special” Calendar 2018 - InsideSport

Swarga Foundation has presented Adaptive Sports as the theme for the third edition of it’s 2018 “I’m Special” Calendar. The calendar showcases 12 differently-abled, proficient sportspersons from across the country who have won accolades at the national and international level.

The Swarga calendar, ever since its launch in 2016, has been showcasing differently-abled achievers from all walks of life. The calendar is aimed at portraying these brave hearts’ achievements and tell the society that physical limitations do not limit or define the ability of an individual.

Swarga has also created a video to further highlight the strength of the achievers, who have been featured in the 2018 calendar. The calendar portrays wheelchair tennis player Prathima Rao from Bengaluru, differently-abled powerlifter Gulfam Ahmed, Delhi-based thrower Pragya Ghildiyal, Bengaluru’s para-cyclist and marathoner Sagar Baheti, para-badminton & wheelchair basketball player Kartiki Patel from Mumbai, Delhi-based table tennis players Suvarna Raj and Pradeep Raj, Yoga Expert Tejasvi Sharma, shuttler Gaurav Ahluwalia, Jennitha Anto, the reigning World Chess Champion for disabled & a Woman International Master, Chennai based para-swimmer & para-shooter Justin Vijay Yesudas and Delhi-based discuss, javelin & shotput thrower Karamjyoti Dalal.

Through education, awareness and improving accessibility, Swarga Foundation envisions a more inclusive society with equal opportunities for the differently-abled.

The NGO works with a strong belief that sport has always been the first platform that transcends any negativity such as race, color, nationality, social or physical status.

The physically challenged champions across the world challenge their limits to leave the impressions of their commitment, perseverance, and ability. The rules for “Adaptive Sports” are only modified slightly to ensure the playable conditions in spite of physical challenges by desired and permissible alterations in the apparatus and equipment like a wheelchair.

In India, lack of infrastructure and inclusivity have marginalized the differently-abled population. Society, in general, is ignorant about Adaptive Sports. Irrespective of the hurdles and deficiencies, India has some exemplary differently-abled athletes who train with the dedication and commitment of any other champion athlete to excel as the ambassadors of their fraternity to show it to the world that physical challenges cannot limit the prowess of an individual.

The Swarga Calendar is a rich tribute to these achievers.

Swarga Calendar : A tribute to specially abled athletes - InsideSport

The calendar also gives each Indian an opportunity to be part of the differently-abled talents’ pursuance towards excellence. The proceeds from the sales of these calendars are committed towards setting up a physiotherapy center at Coimbatore for patients with neuromuscular disorders.

The calendar, available in the following shapes and sizes.

1. Desktop: 7.5″ x 8.5″ with 1.5″ additional paperback, so the total size is 7.5″ x 10″

2. Wall: 14.5” x 17.5″ with the last page being 1.5″ longer

3. In both types, 175 GSM artboard paper used with 8 sheets & 16 sides and spiral rings

4. Both types cost ₹300 each. Packing & shipping costs – ₹50 for two calendars to anywhere in India.

Swarga also customizes the corporate orders for 100 or more calendars with company logo and corporate information with free shipping. The purchases are treated as donations and exempted from taxes under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.

Swarga Foundation is an 80G certified NGO/Charitable Trust based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, working on accessibility and the upliftment of those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders.

The NGO was founded in October 2014 by Swarnalatha, who herself is a multiple sclerosis challenger, and her husband Guruprasad.