People

Bridges of Sports is working with tribal and rural children to provide them access to learn, play and excel in sports

Team

Nitish Chiniwar
Founder
"There is a need for everyone to get opportunity to learn, play and excel in sports. Everyone deserves a chance, at least a basic chance and this is why I started Bridges of Sports"
Enakshi Rajvanshi
Marketing Lead
"Entering the social sector, knowing that your advocacy will have a direct influence on lives of those whose voices our waiting to be heard, is extremely rewarding. Being a sportsperson and a sports enthusiast, the concept of social development through sports, and my inclination towards solving real world problems is what drew me into it.”
Rohit Sasvehalli
Performance & Life Coach
"Being a part of Bridges of Sports is the one way I can make a genuine and holistic impact in the whole world of sports and sports psychology.And the organisation really cares above all about the well being of thier students which is why it even considers the whole mental side of things"
Shashank M
Communication Designer
"The sports sector in our country is unchartered territory, with lots of potential for growth. I believe that the 'bottom up/grassroots' approach will be instrumental in making India, a powerhouse in sports. Bridges of Sports will prove to be the decisive catalyst which will help us in realising this dream."
Binay Bopanna
Business Development
"Being a passionate sportsman along with always wanting to help those in need, working with BOSF has been ideal since it incorporates both of these fields. At BOSF, I not only have an opportunity to give back to the society, following my passion for sports, but also is exposed to a world where I belong."

Leadership Advisory

Aparna Athreya
Founder Director, Kid and Parent Foundation
She has done pioneering work in the field of mainstream education using creative mediums, and has trained educators and parents in behavioural and creative mediums at Anganwadis, semi urban schools and rural institutions. Through her work she has conceptualised and created a multi-intelligent curriculum for socio-emotional development of children, in the Indian cultural context.
Chloé Messdaghi
Board Member, RUDEC
She provides advising as a UN Volunteer, and serves as a board member for RUDEC in Cameroon and Simuka Africa in Zimbabwe. Both nonprofits' mission is for children's rights, such as education and health, and equality. In her free time, she travels the world, mentors change makers, and volunteers locally or abroad. She also holds a Master of Science in Politics and International Relations Research degree from the University of Edinburgh.
Gautam John
Director of Strategy at Nilekani Philanthropies

Gautam John is the Director of Strategy at Nilekani Philanthropies. He previously served Akshara Foundation, building their Karnataka Learning Partnership and at Pratham Books building their open source publishing model. 

R K Dubey
Ex – Chairman & Managing Director, Canara Bank
His work has been recognised by Ivey Business School in the form of a case study and his leadership style has been captured and researched by Padmashri Prof. Dr. Pritam Singh in his book – ‘The Leadership Odyssey – From Darkness to Light’.

Sports Advisory

Shikha Tandon
INDIAN OLYMPIAN
With over 37 international and 146 national medals, and 75 national records in swimming, she is passionate about developing education and sport in India. She is an advocate for keeping sports clean and works as Science Program Lead at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Bharat Chetri
FORMER CAPTAIN, INDIAN HOCKEY TEAM
Winner of Karnataka Olympics Association Award and Bengal Ratna Award, Bharat has won over ten international medals representing India. Bharat has been nurturing underprivileged kids and coaching them at Jude Felix Hockey Academy since 2012.
Devika Malik
Intl. Para–athlete and Psychological Counsellor
She is working with the Commonwealth Youth Council as Representative of Young Persons with Disabilities. In recognition of Devika’s efforts as Co – Founder of Wheeling Happiness Foundation, she has been awarded the ‘Queen’s Young Leader Award 2015’.
Heena Sidhu
ISSF World Champion (Shooting)
She became the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in world rankings by the International Shooting Sport Federation. In 2017, she won the gold medal in women’s 10 meter air pistol event at the Commonwealth shooting championships.