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Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago  (PCS)



Chicago, Aug . 30, 2012

PCS Chicago Press Release:
Contact: Rajinder Singh Mago 630-440-7730

CHICAGO: Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (P.C.S.) organized its 18th annual Sports Festival recently at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road in Palatine Illinois.

State of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and past Mayor of Palatine IL Rita Mullins inaugurated this sports festival after a colorful ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of more than 250 enthusiastic athletes and spectators. The tournament started with a prayer and the US national anthem. The PCS Chicago chairman Dr. Amarjit Singh, president Baljit Sidhu, and sports director Harpreet Grewal welcomed the athletes and the spectator. Falcon Park District, Mayor Rita Mullins and Treasurer Rutherford were honored with plaques by the PCS officials.
Rajinder Singh Mago emceed the event.

This was the 18th time in a row for Mayor Rita Mullins who has never missed a PCS Sports Festival ever since its inception. It was the third time in last three years for State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to attend this PCS Sports Festival. Both of them congratulated PCS for organizing such forward looking community events to promote healthier life style amongst our community youth to channel their energies in a positive direction.

Twenty one Basketball and Volleyball qualified teams hailing from Chicago and suburbs, Milwaukee Wisconsin, Saint Louis MO, and Cincinnati Ohio competed in the tournament for the PCS Chicago championship trophies and cash awards. Outside professional referees judged the tournament games.

This all day Basketball and Volleyball tournament was held indoors in the courts of the new state-of-the-art air-conditioned facilities at Falcon Park in Palatine, IL.

“Basketball and Volleyball are very popular games in schools that our children play and enjoy. P.C.S. wants to promote these sports among our youth,” said Baljit Singh Sidhu the P.C.S. Chicago president.

“We want to encourage our next generation to get good education and also play sports. We need to encourage more females to come forward and participate as well,” said Dr. Amarjit Singh the P.C.S. Chicago Chairman, also a past president (2005) of Indian American Medical Association of Illinois.

The winner of PCS Chicago Basketball Championship Cup, and the cash prize of $500 and an abundance of respect this year was the team named  “No Respect.” The basketball runners-up trophy and cash prize of $250 went to the “Chicago Untouchables.” No team could touch them until "No Respect" showed up and they lost only by a score of 54 to 55 points in a very tough competition. The “Brown Mambas” basketball team last year's PCS champions came in third.

The PCS Chicago Volleyball Championship Cup and the cash prize of $500 was won by “Shaheed Bhagat Singh Club” team, and the volleyball runners-up trophy and a cash prize of $250 went to “Saint Louis Sikhs” team. The “Milwaukee Club” volleyball team came in third.

All the individual players of the winners and the runners-up teams of each sport were also awarded trophies.

All the participating athletes and spectators were served pizza, soft drinks, and tea for lunch and bottled water all day. The event was free and open to all.

The sports festival was sponsored by Balwinder Girn, and Dr. Amarjit Singh.

The event was coordinated by Baljit Sidhu, Surinder Sangha, Harpreet Grewal, Vick Singh, Gurmit Dhillon, Pardeep Deol, Balwinder Girn, Amrit Girn, Paul Lail, Sunny Kular, Rony Kular, Thakar Basati, Onkar Sangha, Parminder Ghotra, and Rajinder Singh  Mago.

The sound system was provided by Sunshine DJ. Amrit Girn was the score keeper.

The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community service organization devoted to promoting healthy life style and sports, education, good citizenship, Punjabi culture, language, and performing arts, in the metropolitan Chicago area. For further information please contact: