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CHICAGO, Sep. 01, 2009
Raj Mago


Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (P.C.S.) held it's 15th annual "Punjabi Sports Festival 2009" in Chicago area on August 22 -23, 2009 in Addison, Illinois. With focus on fitness and healthy life style, food, fun and laughter were in the air everywhere in the park. Admission and food were free. More than 1000 Chicagoans enjoyed Punjabi community sports activities and a family style fun fair in a gorgeous weather to be outdoors. The chief guest was Jarnail Singh Lail of W.W. Grainger Corp. State Senator Dan Rutherford, Mayor of Addison Larry Hartwig, and the former Mayor of Palatine Rita Mullins were the guests of honor.

The Basketball tournament contested by ten teams was held on Saturday, August 22, 2009, indoor facilities at Community Park in Addison, IL. The main event was on August 23 outdoors at the same park.

At the formal inauguration ceremonies, maintaining the PCS tradition the athletes paraded the grounds with Dhol music by Sukhi Basati, Dilraj S. Sekhon. After the Sikh prayer Shabad, the American National Anthem was sung by Navreet Kaur Heneghan. State Senator Rutherford, Addison Mayor Hartwig, former Mayor of Palatine Rita Mullins, chief guest Jarnail Singh Lail, PCS Chairman Harinder Singh (MITS), Chicago 2016 representative Waleed Elgindy, & PCS officials inaugurated the festival, by releasing a colorful bunch of helium balloons to the clear blue sky declaring amidst a thunderous applause, with a count down, "10, 9, 8, 7...let the games begin!!!" Several other local dignitaries also attended & congratulated the organizers for such an enjoyable & meaningful community event.

Kabaddi, soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams from New York, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Windsor Canada, competed for the championships in the PCS tournament.

Laughter Yoga demonstration was given by Dr. Om Johari. There were four large tents full of people with simultaneously running fun activities or sports games all around the park.

The Sher-E-Punjab Sports Club Chicago Kabaddi team won the PCS Chicago Kabaddi Cup along with a cash award of $3100 sponsored in loving memory of S. Saudagar Singh Kular by Sunny Kular & Ronny S. Kular. The Doaba Club Chicago Kabaddi team won the runners up trophy & a cash prize of $1100 sponsored by Balwinder Singh Girn. Ranjit Singh Pattan of Shere-E-Punjab team was declared the best raider & Vicki Singh also of Shere-E-Punjab team was determined to be the best stopper of the tournament. Happy Heer entertained the audience with his authentic Kabaddi commentary.

PCS Chicago Soccer cup and $500 cash prize sponsored by Rajinder Singh Bains and Mandeep Singh Bhura was won by the Midwest United team. Shawn's Tigers won the second place PCS Chicago Soccer Cup sponsored by Lovedeep Singh Dulat in loving memory of S. Sewa Singh Dulat D.P.E.

Ten volleyball teams competed. PCS Chicago Volleyball Cup and first prize $500 sponsored by Sukhmel Singh Atwal & Amarjit K. Atwal was won by PHO Chicago team. The Cincinnati Club Volleyball team won the runners up trophy sponsored by Lakhvir Singh & Jasvir Singh Sahota brothers.

PCS Chicago Basketball Cup & a cash prize of $500 sponsored by Jarnail Singh Lail in loving memory of S. Kehar Singh Lail was won by the "SKS Sports Club New York" basket ball team. The “Chicago Sher” team won the runners up trophy sponsored by Dr. Harjinder Singh Khaira. Ten teams participated in the basketball tournament. Among the junior's game "Balle Sardara" team won over the PCS basketball team.

In children's 50 meter races, 5-7 years age Group, Puneet Singh was first & Mehar Kaur came in second. In 8-9 years age group Arman Singh came first & Jujhar Singh was second. In 10-12 years age group Raskirit Singh won & Esha Kular was the runner up. In ladies open race Satinder K. Sandhu won & Naresh Satsangi came in second. In the musical chairs race Jasdeep K. Saini won.

Free continental breakfast, soft drinks and delicious Punjabi lunch was provided to all in attendance.

A professional clown and children's fun activities like arts and crafts, coloring books, face painting, kids bowling, hula hoops, kids golf, and bozo buckets etc. were coordinated by Amarjit Kaur Atwal & Pardeep Deol.

The "Chicago 2016" organization & several vendors had set up their booths at the festival to educate the community about their services & fitness.

"Our goal is to bring our community together as a family, & encourage them to lead a wholesome healthier lifestyle in a fun way," said Ronny S. Kular the P.C.S. President.

Bhangra aerobics dancing which included the guests of honor was done to the music of Sunshine DJ and live dhol.

The program was sponsored by Happy Heer, Jarnail S. Lail (W.W. Grainger), Jaidev S. Bhattal ( Punjab Auto), Dr. Jay Mohindra, Paul Khalil, Lakhvir S. Sahota, Dr. Harjinder S. Khaira, Japneet S. Khaira, Parminder S. Walia, Jasvir Singh Kler ( Singh Video & Grocery, Palatine, IL.), K.K. Pamma ( New India Carryout Restaurant, Palatine, IL.), Harjinder S. Sandhu ( Sandhu Petroleum), Sukhmel S. Atwal, Balwinder S. Girn, Lovedeep S. Dulat, Sher-a-Punjab Sports & Cultural Club of Chicago, Punjab Sports Club of Midwest Chicago, Sarwan S. Tiwana, Kuldeep S. Lang, Rajinder S. Bains, Mandeep S. Bhura, Ravinder Singh (R.K. Carpets), Lakhwant S. Komal, Satwant S. Atal, Thakar S. Basati & Iqbal S. Randhawa.

The numerous festival activities & details were coordinated by Volunteers Pardeep Deol, Kevin Atwal, Navrang Bajwa, Surinder S. Bhatia, Raghvinder S. Mahal, Amarpal Singh Sangha, Dr. Harpreet S. Basran, Dr. Harjinder Khaira, Happy Heer, Bharpoor Singh, Subhash Singh, Tony Sanghera, Mrs. Karmjit Kaur Gill, Mr. Dalbir Singh, Mrs. Sarbjit Kaur, Mrs Raj Kaur Lail , Harvinder K. Sangha & Kirpal K. Lall.

Sayed Mohsin did the Photography, food was catered by K.K. Pamma, and music provided by Sunshine DJ Rishpal Singh.

The festival was organized by Ronny S. Kular, Surinder S. Sangha, Bhinder S. Pamma, Balwinder S. Girn, Sukhmel S. Atwal, Amarjit K. Atwal, Harwinderpal S Lail, Onkar S. Sangha, Sunny Kular, Baljit S. Sidhu, Thakar Singh Basati, Mohinderjit S. Saini, Rajinder Singh Mago & many more volunteers.
The upcoming PCS Chicago event is its 8th. International Bhangra and Gidha Competition on October 31, 2009 at Waterford Banquets and Convention Center in Elmhurst IL.

The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community organization devoted to promoting Punjabi Culture, language, performing arts, healthy life style, sports, education & good citizenship, in the metropolitan Chicago area.



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