South Asian College Basketball Players to Watch

bballCollege Basketball season is well underway and SAinSports has been keeping abreast of South Asian players in the league.

Get familiar with these noteworthy South Asian College Basketball players:

Tanveer Bhullar

School: New Mexico State University

Position: Center

Year: Junior

James Blackmon Jr 

School: Indiana University

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Manroop Clair 

School: Seattle University

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Samer Dhillon

School: University of Southern California

Position: Forward

Year: Senior

Sanjay Lumpkin

School: Northwestern University

Position: Guard / Forward

Year: Senior

Josh Sharma

School: Stanford University

Position: Center

Year: Sophomore

 Kiran Shastri

School: Chaminade University

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Veer Singh

School: Seton Hall University

Position: Guard / Forward

Year: Sophomore

We look forward to these players staying involved in the sports industry in the years to come.

Global Sports Mentoring Program

img_4240What I witnessed on Sunday was truly inspirational. I had the honor of attending the Global Sports Mentoring Program, Class of 2016’s presentations. The goal of the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) “which is run by the U.S. Department of State and espnW and is administered by the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, is to empower women worldwide through sports. Each of the so-called emerging leaders, who have built some experience in the sports industry, is paired with an executive at a top U.S. organization. While they’re in the U.S., the participants and their mentors will shape action plans to take back to their home countries.” Every emerging leader goes through an intense four-week mentorship program.

Rabia Qadir (Pakistan)

Prior to the start of the program, each year, each emerging leader had identified a key need or challenge facing girls and women in their home country. The class of 2016 presented their action plan over the course of two days. I attended day one. From the first eight presentations, I can say with confidence, the most amazing thing to see was how unique each and every plan was. Not one plan had the same vision as another, each emerging leader talked about different initiatives to achieve their goals and each plan will make an ever lasting impact.

I began to talk to various individuals of the program including mentees, mentors, program developers and other GSMP advocates and the amount of energy and vibe I felt was incredible. Each and every person in the room wants to be able to change the world, one action at a time. Some of the emerging leaders have established organizations and others are starting fresh but, each leader walks away with more information and resources than ever before to grow or jump start their program. Not to mention the countless number of life long memories they make along the way.

Some of the emerging leaders from day one of the presentations…

“I can be a voice for women who don’t have one.” – Paola Kuri (Mexico)

Silvija Mitevska (Macedonia)

“Sport gave me endless opportunities.” – Silvija Mitevska (Macedonia)

“Women’s voices are not heard in Pakistan.” – Rabia Qadir (Pakistan)

We all know that women and girls who participate in sports gain life skills that will allow them to transcend in leadership roles. Everyone deserves a chance and everyone has the right to participate in sport but not everyone has the opportunity. With their network broadened and having more resources available to them, through the GSMP these women will succeed and more will have that opportunity.

Learn more about the program here:

You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EmpowerWomen.

Neha S. Contractor (SAinSports Team Member), you can follow her at @nehascontractor. 

7 Successful South Asians Working in Sports


We are back to highlight another set of successful South Asians making a name for themselves in the sports industry. This list boasts South Asian men and women thriving in sports leadership, creative production, advertising and journalism.

Check out these 7 South Asian professionals who work in sports.

Asha Thacker
(@ashaiscool): Sports Partnerships at Facebook. Asha is currently leading sports partner development for Facebook in India. Previous to Facebook, she led the partnership function for IMG Reliance Ltd, (a joint venture company formed by IMG and Reliance Industries Limited). Before working in sports, Asha had an extensive global career in consumer goods, fashion, and non-profits. Asha is certainly cool!


Atul Khosla
(@atulkhosla) Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Atul holds an undergraduate degree in an Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and worked in Healthcare for at General Electric for several years before completing his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. After graduate school, Atul secured his first role in the sports industry serving as Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Alli Sports (A Division of NBC Sports). Since 2011, Atul has served as the COO of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. In 2013, Atul was named Crains Chicago 40 Under 40.


Alykhan Ravjiani
(@AlykhanKR): Reporter – Toronto Blue Jays, Canada. Alykhan’s path in sports started in 2009 as a High School basketball coach and referee for the Mississauga Monarchs Basketball team. After getting his certificate in Sports Journalism at Centennial College, Alykhan became a sports writer/reporter for the Toronto Observer, Pan American Games and Tennis Canada. He also worked in media relations for the Toronto Raptors and the NHL before acquiring his current position as a Toronto Blue Jays MLB reporter. In addition to his work as a reporter, Alykhan launched the Sports From The 6 platform, a place where young professional journalists have the opportunity to hone their craft and create a portfolio.

Neeta Sreekanth
(@NeetaSreekanth): NFL Social Media at ESPN. Neeta started her career in sports as  Ball Kid for the Dallas Mavericks and later interned at the LA Sparks and CBS Television. After completing her undergrad in management, Neeta honed in on a niche in sports. She focused on Digital and Social Media for sports and worked for the Dallas Cowboys before her current position at ESPN.


Rohan Nadkarni
(@RohanNadkarni): Writer for Sports Illustrated. Rohan graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. While completing his undergrad, Rohan wrote for The New York Times as a Sports Blogger, The Miami Herald, Deadspin and Sports Illustrated before becoming a full time writer for in 2015.



Pooja Van Dyke
(@Brooklynpbjs) Associate Director of CreativeWorks ESPN. Pooja boasts more than 11 years of experience working in Sports; from studio and remote production, brand marketing to integrated marketing. She holds an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ohio State University. Fun fact, Pooja is an Emmy Nominated Associate Producer for ESPN!


Harshal Sisodia
(@SuperHarsh) Global Digital Brand Director for Nike. Harshal is an award-winning digital producer and director with a distinguished career in advertising and marketing. He is a creative leader focused on discovering innovative and interactive experiences for the world’s leading sports and entertainment brands such as Burger King, Sprite and Nike. As the Global Digital Brand Director at Nike, Harshal has received more than 5 awards for his work Jordan The Last Shot campaign.