VALHALLA, N.Y. -- A rising star pitcher from Westchester County will be honored on Sunday during the 16th annual Heritage of India Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza.
Kumar Nambiar, a 2015 graduate of Mamaroneck High School, is the first Indian-American student athlete named Class AA State Player of the Year by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
The Indian American Cultural Association of Westchester (IACAW) is holding Sunday's festival from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as reported here by Daily Voice.
Nambiar was a key player who helped the Tigers' win the Class AA State Championship in May as reported here by Daily Voice.
Nambiar will pitch for Yale University next season. Baseball stardom is considered rare among Asian Indians. Nambiar might even be the first Indian-American named a State high school baseball Player of the Year anywhere in the United States, according to Sid Mehta, volunteer broadcaster for Bedford Central School District TV and Fox Lane Foxes varsity sports. Mehta brought Nambiar's achievements to the attention of the IACAW executive committee.
Few Indian-Americans across the country play baseball beyond Little League. Hardly any of them become the ace of their pitching staff, as Nambiar was, or named MVP of the varsity team.
"Kumar Nambiar is a true trailblazer in the Indian-American community, and he's here in Westchester County,'' Mehta said.
Mehta, a 1994 graduate of Fox Lane High School, passed along some links to past coverage of Indians learning to play baseball in India.
Himanshu Pandya, a past president of IACAW and emcee of Sunday's festival will join Rajoo Shah, the organization's president, and Gemini Patel, president-elect in honoring Nambiar. The presentation takes place during the "Dignity Hour," which starts about 3 p.m. when various elected government officials and other VIPs are recognized on stage.
Nambiar was 10-0 during his most recent Tiger baseball season when Mamaroneck's varsity team went 24-4. Nambiar also was featured by Daily Voice when the Mamaroneck High team held its own prom after having to miss the scheduled prom during the state playoffs in May.
IACAW is the foremost cultural organization serving the Indian community of Westchester for more than a quarter century. For more details about the organization go here.