Spree is the annual national sports festival of BITS Goa, and one of the largest sports festivals in our country. Starting from 2009, Spree has been held every year, and has grown from strength to strength and established itself as a reputed sports festival.
In the past, Spree has had a rich history of star performers. Shalmali Kholgade, Benny Dayal, Aditi Rao Hydari and Raghu Dixit have all served up fantastic entertainment at past editions of Spree. Spree has also hosted some great names from the world of sport. Our past chief guests include famous names such as Shadab Jakati, Swapnil Asnodkar and Shirish Nadkarni. Spree has also closely supported several noble social causes over the years. The festival has associated with several NGOs such as Special Olympics Bharat, El Shaddai and Habitat for Humanity in order to serve the community.
This year at Spree 2014, the main events include all the major sports such as Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Chess and Carrom. With state of the art badminton and tennis courts, a BCCI maintained cricket ground and a football pitch maintained by Salgaocar FC, BITS Goa has all the necessary facilities to hold a sports festival of the magnitude of Spree. Apart from these conventional competitions, Spree also boasts of a wide variety of offbeat and special events such as Tug of War, 3v3 (volleyball), 3BA (basketball), Anti-Chess as well as Body Building. The theme for Spree 2014 is ‘Rise. Run. Reach’, something which truly captures the motto and goal of every sportsperson. Spree 2014 has had a record number of registrations – more than 18000 registrations have come in from colleges all over India. 70 different colleges are set to take the field at Spree. These include VIT, MNIT Jaipur, MIT Manipal, IIM Indore, Motilal Nehru College Delhi, IIIT Gwalior and NMIMS Mumbai, to name just a few.
The inauguration of Spree 2014 will be held on 6th March 2014 and will be attended by Chief Guest Matthew Foschini, an international footballer who has represented Australia at the Under 23 level, and currently plays for Salgaocar FC in the I-League. A number of exciting events and special nights have been lined up as a part of Spree. These include an LED Laser and light show, a freestyle football performance as well as a workshop organized by footballers from the Freestlye Football Federation (F3), a stunt biking performance by a team from Throttlerz, and finally, a DJ Night with Goa’s leading Club DJ – DJ Claudio.
Despite being primarily a sports festival, Spree has always maintained a strong commitment towards the betterment of society. Over the years, Spree has supported numerous social causes and initiatives. Act to Inspire, however, is a campaign launched by Spree 2014 through which we hope to contribute and make a difference on a much larger scale. As a part of Act to Inspire, Spree 2014 is associating with a number of notable NGOs such as CRY, PETA as well as YSF (Yuvraj Singh Foundation). CRY will be setting up a World Kiosk on campus gain support for their social cause – ‘Vote for Child Rights’. A variety of other campaigns have also been initiated as a part of Act to Inspire such as a Beach Cleanup Drive, a Tree Plantation Drive, Goa half marathon as well as a Cancer Awareness Campaign. By having such a wide variety of events and initiatives, Spree hopes to make its humble contributions to uplifting society in a number of different ways. Spree 2014 is more than just an ordinary sports festival.
With such a wide set of events and initiatives, Spree 2014 is sure to keep everyone involved and entertained, and live up to its reputation of being one of India’s leading sports festivals.