Nepalese community based five Lions Clubs of District 4C-3 and 4C-4 (Lions Club of Fremont Sagarmatha, Lions Club of Berkeley Annapurna, Lions Club of Berkeley Makalu, Lions Club of San Leandro Manakamana, Lions Club of San Francisco Buddha) have collectively hosted a grand Multi Sports Festival in greater San Francisco Bay area on January 14th and 15th 2017. The event was in various locations. The opening ceremony was held in Morgan Hill Soccer field by District Governor Jan valtr and the closing ceremony was held in Sunnyvale, California. Governor Valtr also handed over the Spot vision Camera bought by Lions Club of Berkeley Annapurna to Club President Manil Babu Shrestha. The Spot camera was initiated to buy last year by immediate past President and current Zone Chair Lion Dhruva Thapa. Most of the members of the club had contributed for the spot Camera. The Spot Camera will be used for vision screening in various locations of bay area and possibly in Nepal if needed. The main sports events were Volleyball, Soccer, Cricket and Table Tennis.
There were six volleyball teams from San Francisco bay area to Los Angeles and Utah. Participating clubs were LA Volleyball Team, Utah Volleyball Team, Bhutanese Dragon, NANC “A” 5. NANC “B”, SF Buddha Lions Club. All the matches were intense and championship of Bay are Nepalese Lions Club Keshav Lal Shrestha Memorial cup 2017 was NANC”B” and the runner up was NANC “A”. Similarly, there were 13 teams for Soccer tournament coming all the way from Seattle, Los Angeles to various clubs of San Francisco Bay area. East Bay United Soccer team beat LA FC11 in penalty shootout and Sarad Basanet(LAFC11 got the Goalie of the tournament and Badal Ratna Bajracharya(East Bay United) was chosen the Best Player of the tournament IN the Cricket tournament Gorkha Legends won by 66 runs Man of the series – Subash Thapa(Gorkha Legends) Gorkha Legends 198/2 in 20 overs Subash thapa 117 not out Bantu bataju 60 not out The White Zone 132/5 in 20 overs Tenzing Sherpa 52 Anup bajracharya 25 not out. In Table Tennis Sandesh Awale beat Sahash Sainju. After full two days’ tournament the event occluded in Sunnyvale with a grand award ceremony and cultural program featuring local talents and two popular singers Nalina Chitrakar and Nikki Karki. The program was dived into two sections award ceremony, dinner and cultural program. The MCS were Harihar Dahal, Babu Acharya for the first session and Reshmy Aryal and Pri Rajal for the cultural program. The participant local artists were Rejina Karki , Keshika Karki , Safalta Dulal, Eakraj Raut ,Aaryaman Dahal , Mamta Bhattrai, smriti Khanal and there were special performance by senior and one of the popular dancer Shova Rai. Nikki karki Nalina chitrakar sang their popular numbers and Dj of the event was Rohit chettri Program coordinator Gagan Pandey thanked all the teams, professional coach and umpires, all the dedicated volunteers , artists and players. He specially thanked to major sponsored of the event they were Rajen Thapa First Vice District Governor of District 4 –C 3 who sponsored $5000 , NRN ICC Leader Kumar Panta sponsored $3000 similarly Gauri Raj Joshi sponsored $2000, Pemba sherpa $1000, Lena Piya (Farmers Insurance) $1000, Roman Shrestha $1,000 Other Sponsors were Yegya lal Shrestha, Kapil Adhikari, Attorney Yagya Nepal, Attorney Gopal Saha, Govinda Sahi, Sonia Walia, Prashant Srivastav, Bauray Yaman. The award ceremony was addressed by First Vice District Governor Rajen Thapa, Vice President Non Resident Nepali Association International Coordination Council ( ICC ) Mr. Kumar Panta, 4C-4 Vice District Governor Mario Benevento and second Vice District Governor Cindy Smith. Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Its 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. Lions Clubs International is celebrating hundred years of service, there are various interest and like-minded clubs under the banner of Lions Clubs International. There are clubs for veterans, environmentalists, snowmobile fans, professional women and people with shared ethnic background. There is a ballroom-dancing club in Hawaii. And there are cyber clubs that meet and conduct club business primarily online, with members logging in from around the world. With the same motto and interest, Bay Area Nepalese Lions clubs are also growing in numbers and their service projects, especially working for the benefit and strengthening Nepalese speaking community living in this area. The Multi Sports festival is also a part of the clubs working together to bringing service awareness through sports. There were handsome cash prized with trophy and certificates for all the sports activities which was highly appreciated by the community, players and sponsors.