Baton Of Hope is entirely a student-run organization that aims to better the lives of talented underprivileged athletes by providing them with information, financial aid, and guidance. The organization was founded by Adya Bhargava in 2019 when she was in the 11th grade.
One of her closest friends comes from an underprivileged background, and they used to struggle with the expenses of buying equipment, shoes, and paying coaching fees. Despite being extremely talented, there came a point where they were almost forced to give up playing their sport because they could no longer afford it, and they were unable to find a sponsor due to a lack of knowledge and awareness at both ends.
The idea for this organization sprouted from her anger and frustration at their situation, and the situation of thousands of equally talented athletes across the country. Baton Of Hope is now run by a group of 5 student-athletes, who are all very passionate about this cause.