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A Few Lesser-Known Facts about Vijay Barse
- With 36 years of experience, he is now a retired professor at the Hislop College Nagpur.
- Vijay was watching children in slums play football on a wet July day 2001. Vijay observed that when they indulged themselves in sports they were far away from the other activities. This led him to decide that he wanted to make a change. for The underprivileged. Vijay and his associates planned to host a football tournament in which slum kids could participate.
- He received 18 Lakh after his retirement from which he bought land of about 9 km from Nagpur and built an academy of football for The underprivileged
- In 2001, he founded slum soccer Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur (KSVN), which runs football programmes and provides a chance of rehabilitation to the deprived section of society. Nagpur hosted the inaugural tournament, which saw 128 participants.
- In 2003, he launched his first Jhopadpatti Football Tournament, a state-level event in Nagpur. The tournament attracted 15 different districts in Maharashtra, including one from Gadricholi’s tribal belt (later champions).
- In Nagpur, the All India Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Jhopadpatti Football Tournament took place in the same year. Twelve Indian states were represented (Orissa won it’s inaugural event).
- Abhijeet quit his American job and moved to India to assist his father’s movement for the upliftment of the poor.
- Vijay was introduced to the Homeless World Cup by a friend and attended its fourth annual edition in Cape Town. He took his team international level when they competed in Copenhagen’s next tournament the following year.
- He was awarded the Real Hero Award in 2012 by Sachin Tendulkar.
- Abhijeet, his son, revealed in an interview that his father also works for the Indo-Pak peace and organized motorcycle expeditions to the border to talk peace with Pakistan. Barse was also successful for Promoting tree planting can help improve the green cover.
- In the Satyamev Jayate Season 3 episode, 2014, he was the featured actor. Aamir Khan.
- Slum Soccer won several awards, including FICCI India Sports Award for Diversity, FICCI India Sports Award for Sports, and the 2012 Manthan eNGO Award.
- In January 2020, his biopic titled, ‘Jhund’ was released. Amitabh Bachchan Cast for the role of ‘Barse.’ The movie also celebrated the directorial debut Nagraj Manjule In Bollywood.