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Soccer camp leader honoured for work with Punjab girls

June 08, 2012
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Contact:
Ish Jhaj, ishjhaj@gmail.com
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca

Ish Jhaj
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The World Sikh Organization of Canada has honoured Simon Fraser University kinesiology alumna Ish Jhaj for her work to develop soccer camps for young girls in the Punjab.

Jhaj received a plague recognizing her Shooting for Hope initiative as “a living example of the principle of Seva,” which focuses on selfless service. She was presented with the award during the organization’s recent annual dinner.

Jhaj, a B.C. premier league soccer player and community coach who graduated from SFU in 2011, has twice been to the Punjab to establish and run the camps, which have drawn more than 60 young participants.

She is also engaging with educators in those villages to see about implementing physical education programs for all students in schools.

“It’s important that these young people have the opportunity to become active and healthy adults,” says Jhaj, who continues to fundraise through Shooting for Hope. She plans to return to the camp communities in December.

Jhaj is currently collecting new and lightly used cleats and turf shoes to take with her – check www.shootingforhope.com for more information or to donate.

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