About Oscar

OSCAR Foundation (Organization for Social Change, Awareness and Responsibility) is a non-profit organization that, through football instills the value of education and empowers underprivileged children and youth with life skills to take responsibility of their community development.


Ashok Shankar Rathod along with two other founding members started The OSCAR Foundation in 2006. OSCAR runs a unique programme that not only teaches sport to children and youth but also helps them to understand the value of education.


A team of OSCAR’s young leaders act as role models and work to identify and tackle the barriers helping children and youth to reach their maximum potential.


    To create a world that enables young people to become role models, to mobilize their communities for positive social change through sports


    To encourage leadership, team work and education support to youths from economically and socially backward communities through football


    To support children and youths to stay in school. To discover, develop and nurture young talent. To educate youth to become responsible citizens


Ashok Rathod

Ashok Rathod has had a life story similar to many other underprivileged children in Mumbai. He was born and brought up in Ambedkar Nagar slums in Cuffe Parade and graduated SSC from the Hindi-medium Colaba Municipal School. While in school, Ashok says, he was never a model student. He fell in with unsavory characters, his seniors in school, started skipping classes and was influenced to do drugs. When his father found out, Ashok recalls, he lectured him on the importance of his schooling and put him back on track.

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