Saturday, 7 June 2003
The Kishore Mandals of Edison, Jersey City, Clifton, Philadelphia, and newly formed Cherry Hill celebrated two special events graced with the presence of Pujya Haridarshan Swami and Pujya Bhaktiswarup Swami: a semi-annual sports day followed by an evening of festivities highlighted with a Graduation Ceremony for those Kishores graduating both from college and high school.
Over one hundred Kishores arrived at 9 am at Merrill Park in Woodbridge, NJ, and despite the presence of rain which prevented many of the pre-planned activities, their spirit of sportsmanship was not affected. Basketball, cricket and soccer were played as the rain poured.
In the middle of the afternoon all headed back to Edison Mandir and changed into formal attire in preparation for the evening festivities. After a short sabha and aarti, the much awaited Graduation Ceremony themed "For Bapa For Ever" commenced. A full seven course meal and various entertainment including an award ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the thirty-two success-bound Kishores.