Reminderville, Ohio. Feb, 29th 2020: Telugu Association of North America (TANA), a national organization, and Northeast Ohio Telugu Association (NEOTA) a local Telugu community organization, jointly organized and concluded 4th Annual Pre-Cleveland Badminton Tournament successfully at Reminderville Athletic Club (RAC)
The Gymnasium at RAC features 2 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, and 1 badminton court. Each basketball hoop can be adjusted from 8ft-10ft depending on the program. The gymnasium has a second floor walking track overlooking the gymnasium with 12 laps equaling a mile. It can accommodate 8+ badminton courts with enough room to host all the players.
Apart from 2020 being a leap year, it is even more special that the City of Solon, City Of Twinsburg, City Of Aurora and Village of Reminderville had declared Feb 29th as TANA & NEOTA Day in Northeast Ohio through proclamations. This is a significant achievement and will definitely encourage more events to benefit local communities.
As in the past 3 years, tournament was officially inaugurated by Sam Alonso, Mayor of Village Of Reminderville. As observed by few long time local badminton players, Mayor seems to be picking up few new badminton skills every year.
Mayor was welcomed and greeted by current NEOTA President Madhavi!
Top 3 teams were awarded in both Men’s and Women’s doubles groups. Women’s Tournament was inaugurated by Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor of City of Aurora, Ohio.
In a span of 10+ hours, 100+ games were played to decide the Quarter Finalists, Semi-Finalists, Winners, Runners-Up and 3rd place teams from Winners and Losers brackets. It was great to see teams trying to win games in the Losers bracket to improve their chances to reach final rounds.
As repeatedly mentioned by the tournament organizers, this event would not be possible without the help from very dedicated and committed community volunteers.
Entire courage of the event (pictures) can be found here. Pictures are hosted on Google Photos.
Majority of the community events conducted by TANA and NEOTA have a strong commitment to raise funds for various causes to support in the local community and in Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana in India.
Rythu Kosum is one of the effort by TANA to raise funds to provide protection kits to the farmers who work in agriculture exposed to various chemicals and fertilizers used as part of farming. This effort in Northeast Ohio is well coordinated and promoted by Rama Rao Panguluri, TANA National Coordinator. If you wish to donate to Rythu Kosum program please visit this link https://www.tana.org/donate and select Rythu Kosum TANA PPE or Rythu Kosum TANA Soil in the “Make my donation to” drop-down.
Apart from badminton players traveled from near by states, few Telugu Association of Central Ohio (TACO) members paid a visit and support to this annual tournament, despite inclement weather.