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Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils as the brand and team embodies the exuberance, excitement and attitude unique to Delhi. It is vibrant, contrasting and irresistible. The purpose is to excite the cricketing world and inspire our fans to dare to succeed. It resonates the spirit of the city, which too believes in a never say-attitude and the hunger to succeed irrespective of the challenges. The driving principle and core values for the team are courage and brilliance; honesty and pride. This Delhi team believes in teamwork and mutual respect for their players and their fans. The new look Delhi Daredevils is enthusiastic, imaginative and successful. Honest in approach and keen to unleash the excitement and bring the experience closer to the fans. Fans, love for the game lifts their spirit from the stands to skies. Delhi Daredevils resides in every fan’s life. The renewed Delhi Daredevil aims and believes to soar together. Based in the national capital, Daredevils aim to lead not just on the cricket field, but also in aspects of social responsibility, connect with the fans and setting up a very high standard of integrity and self-respect. As part of our endeavour to spread the reach of the sport, Daredevils have also picked Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh, as our second home.

New Logo

The new logo depicts a ‘Flying Kite.’ It is inspired by the art of kite flying, a celebrated pastime for the people of Delhi. The icon soars out of the team’s name and represents the union of the team, the fans and the city of Delhi. The new logo resonates the irresistible nature of the city and how the love for the game lifts the spirit of each and every fan. It also depicts how the team feeds off the energy of every individual talent and would look to play exciting cricket together in the new season of IPL7. The new icon is never static. Its directional shape suggests forward movement, energy, speed and accuracy, just like the flying kite.

Stadium

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

One of the oldest cricket venues in India, the Kotla has been staging cricket matches since 1883. And ever since it started hosting international matches with a Test between India and West Indies in 1948, the Kotla has been synonymous with landmark achievements. Over the years, Kotla has seen some of the most astounding individual feats being achieved at this famous venue. Some of the most notable individual records that have been created at the Kotla include England opener Geoff Boycott surpassing West Indies Gary Sobers to become the highest run-getter in Test matches (1981-82); Sunil Gavaskar notching up his 29th Test century and equalling Don Bradman’s feat of 29 tons (1983-84); Anil Kumble taking a perfect ten in an innings against Pakistan in 1998-99; and Sachin Tendulkar surpassing Gavaskar’s tally of 34 Test centuries in 2005-06. The trend has trickled down in the IPL as well, despite the Kotla pitch having earned a reputation of being a spinner-friendly track. While Amit Mishra became the first spinner in the history of IPL to pick five wickets in a match in May 2008, Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 128 off just 62 balls was then the second-highest individual score in IPL history.  

CSR

Dare to Care

Committed to the social responsibility of empowering women through education and other such initiatives, GMR Sports Pvt Ltd which owns the Delhi Daredevils team has been working closely with the UNICEF to create awareness towards the cause.

DSC_8641Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF joined hands on March 20, 2012 and coined the initiative – ‘Dare to Care’ – with an aim to sensitise people on the important role girls can play in transforming our society and on why education and protection can ensure that they can grow up and develop to their full potential.

In India, almost 20 million adolescent girls (14- 17 years) are still out of school. Around 42 per cent of girls in India marry before the legal age of 18 years. 56 per cent of adolescent girls are anemic and vulnerable to poor maternal health. Through the ‘Dare to Care’ initiative, Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF would focus on empowering girls, which will further give them the courage to say no to an early marriage and the power to take decisions which directly impacts their lives.

DSC_8555While the Delhi Daredevils team has been sporting a blue ribbon in every game to promote the cause, a special event was held in Ahmedabad on May 16 in association with Hotel Marriot where a group of 11 young girls from some of the remotest tribal villages of Gujarat got an opportunity to interact with the cricketers about the issues which are affecting thousands of girls like them in their communities.

These adolescent girls who are part of the UNICEF child rights initiative, have been trained on child rights issues and have been doing exemplary work at the village level to fight against social issues such as child marriage, child labour, gender disparities, etc.

DSC_8533Delhi Daredevils CEO Mr. HemantDua said, “One of the biggest challenges we face is the public perception of value given to the girl child and adolescent girls. Given the traditional mind-sets on the issue of gender, women still have lower economic status, less livelihood opportunities and they have little say in their home. They are often seen as a liability. This needs to change, making sure girls will not be married before 18, they will be able to complete school, they will feel safe and respected, able to attain a healthy nutrition status and they will be protected from gender based violence.”

DSC_8675UNICEF India Representative Karin Hulshof says the motive behind this ‘Dare to Care’ initiative is to make sure that the adolescent girls in India remain in school. "Along with Delhi Daredevils, we are trying to spread awareness in protecting these girls and help them to grow towards a better future. Through Delhi Daredevils we are looking forward to hearing millions of voices speaking out for girls in India. Through the loyal supporters of Delhi Daredevils we look to transform India,” she says.

In the past, Delhi Daredevils partnered Delhi-based NGO Centre for Equality and Inclusion (CEQUIN) in its Make Delhi Safe for Women campaign. It included a series of television commercials making a point that only he who respects a woman is a true Daredevil.

Partners

Daredevils has had wonderful support from its partners and sponsors. We are proud of our association with each one of them and are delighted to have them on board as part of the Delhi Daredevils family.

Hotel Partners

The Marriott group of Hotels in India has slowly and gradually carved a niche for itself in the hospitality space as a hotel brand that has brought warm hospitality and contemporary luxury across categories to the discerning Indian audience. Having carved a niche within India, with its reputation for world, class service , Marriott is now on an aggressive expansion drive in the country, given India’s contribution to the group’s growth in the APAC region.

Marriott International began operations in India in December ,1999 with the opening of the 178 room Goa Marriott Resort & Spa. Today the company has a strong portfolio of brands in India vis, The Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Executive Apartments, Courtyard By Marriott, and the newest entry being the Fairfield By Marriott. As of today Marriott has 24 hotels, operating across 7 brands, within India.

Principal Partners

IDEA Cellular is the 3rd largest mobile services operator in India with wireless revenue market share at 13.9% in Q1 FY2012. Idea has joined the select global operator's club, servicing over 100 million subscribers, as of September 2011.

If you want to get in touch with our sponsorship team, please do not hesitate to e-mail Sujoy Ganguly (sujoy.ganguly@gmrgroup.in).

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