Welcome to South Asians in Sports, the premier network of South Asian sports industry professionals. Founded in 2015, by Neha S. Contractor and Neha Uberoi Khangoora, SAIS is dedicated to advocating for, educating and promoting South Asians who work in sports. The network is a global community of executives, businessmen and businesswomen, attorneys, entertainers, journalists, entrepreneurs, athletes, coaches and more working in sports.
To advocate for the South Asian impact on the sporting industry.
To educate and serve as a resource for those aspiring to be involved in the sports industry.
To promote South Asians working in sports.
Connect South Asians working in sports through a network of seasoned professionals and emerging leaders.
Enable professionals to pursue their dreams and achieve new professional heights.
Increase the number of South Asians working in and impacting the world of sports globally.
Membership is open to individuals of all ethnicities in the South Asian diaspora. The majority of our members work in the sports industry as executives, businessmen and businesswomen, attorneys, entertainers, creative artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, athletes, coaches and volunteers.
South Asians have cultural origins from more than 8 countries and their surrounding territories including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
South Asia is a term used to represent the southern region of the Asian continent, and accounts for 1.8 billion or one fourth of the world’s population. South Asians and the South Asian diaspora play a pivotal role in the global marketplace, continuing to dictate markets and influence global enterprises. We represent a pipeline of strong talent for companies and innovation.
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About our founders:
Neha Uberoi Khangoora, Co-founder and CEO
Neha Uberoi is a mental health professional, social entrepreneur and former professional tennis player. She works as a consultant helping athletes improve their performance and transition out of sports. Uberoi currently serves on the board of directors of the USTA.
After completing her freshman year at Princeton University at just 16 years of age, Uberoi played on the WTA tour for 5 years. She reached a singles ranking of 196 and 108 in doubles. Since retiring from tennis in 2008, Uberoi has advocated for mental health through research, direct practice, coaching, public speaking and digital content. Her articles and videos have reached hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Uberoi continues to appear on various media platforms and speaking engagements to provide commentary on sports, women’s empowerment and health and wellness, notably; The BBC, Sports Illustrated, SportsBusiness Journal, Columbia University, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and Al Jazeera.
Neha S. Contractor, Co-founder (Advisory role)
Neha S. Contractor is co-founder and an advisor of South Asians in Sports.
Before co-founding SAIS, Neha was the Program Coordinated for Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, a nonprofit using basketball to drive social change in India. With Crossover Neha was focused on fundraising strategies, media relations, curriculum development, student development and social media outreach. In addition, Neha traveled to India in August 2012 to assist with the successful implementation of the Inaugural Academy of Crossover.
Aside from SAinSports, Neha currently works at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors where she is a Senior Supervisory Financial Analyst specifically focused on cybersecurity. Previously, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was an information technology controls specialist. Through the nonprofit arm and her continued work with SAinSports, Neha sees so much potential for the South Asian community to continue to make a major impact in the sports industry. If it weren’t for sports being apart of her life at a really young age she knows she would not be where she is today.
Neha’s hobbies include enjoying the outdoors as much as possible whether it’s hiking or snowboarding. Neha, originally from Carol Stream, IL, is a graduate from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Harin Contractor, and their two children.