Fourteen years ago while on a visit to Adulabad, a village near Ghatkesar, he saw a few elderly persons seeking help for food. Dismayed by their helplessness, M Sanjay Kumar, who runs a tennis academy in ASCI-CPC (Sun-Jay Academy, Banjara Hills), started giving free food to these four elderly persons every Monday. Today it has swelled to 85 people. And apart from food, the 49-year-old coach has taken one step further by distributing school bags and water bottles in four villages, in and around Ghatkesar.
The noble idea came up recently when a teacher of MPTS Maisamma School, suggested to Sanjay to give water bottles because the children don’t have access to proper drinking facilities. “I saw for myself the sight of these young children drinking water from the dirty tanks and other places. It immediately struck me that I should give water bottles wherein the children can drink water which is hygienic,” says Sanjay, who also constructed a water tank. The school has 54 children.
Sanjay also gave water bottles to 24 students at a Government School in Adulabad. “I could see the joy on their faces when they drank from the water bottles. I have now decided to distribute bed sheets also as the children sleep on floors.”
Being a Good Samaritan, Sanjay has even helped an electrician Subba Rao, who lost both his hands while working. “He played football in his college days. He belongs to Guntur and had come to the city for working as an electrician before an unfortunate accident saw him lose his hands,” he said. Sanjay has also given financial aid of Rs 40,000 to a girl who had a nervous breakdown. Sanjay as a coach has produced good number of tennis players from the city, including Yadlapalli Pranjala, Sanjana Sirimalla who have been No 1 in National junior rankings. “Tennis has always been my first love and I would like to continue coaching people,” he added.