South Asians in Sports and NFL

On Thursday, November 12th 2020, South Asians in Sports partnered with the NFL APEX to co-host an event in recognition of the Diwali and South Asians’ contribution to sports.

Over 130 South Asians in sports attended the Zoom event which featured Sonia Raman, first ever Indian-American female NBA Coach – Assistant Coach – Memphis Grizzlies, Rajeev Ram, Olympian and Professional Tennis Player and Rinku Singh, WWE Professional Wrestler and Former Pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The panel was be moderated by Iwao Fusillo, SVP, Head of Data and Analytics at the NFL and Neha Uberoi Khangoora, Former Professional Tennis Player and Co-founder & CEO of South Asians in Sports (SAIS).

The co-sponsors of the event, were SAIS, NBA, MLB and NFL. The panelists discussed experiences of an unorthodox career path, being one of the few or only South Asians in their sport, facing racism and personal doubts about being in the industry, using the South Asian identity to their advantage, and how they’re leading more South Asians to enter into the sports industry.

Check out the recording here: