• Pictured: Nandi Mehta, captain of Northwestern University's women's soccer team. (Twitter)Source: Twitter
These inspiring women break racial stereotypes everyday by either playing sport or working in the sports industry
Shami Sivasubramanian

24 May 2016 - 7:30 PM  UPDATED 24 May 2016 - 7:30 PM

1. Neena Chaudhry: 

A US-born Indian-American, Chaudhry graduated Yale Law School before landing a fellowship and law career at the National Women's Law Centre in Washington DC. At the Centre, Chaudhry works as the Senior Counsel and Director of Equal Opportunities in Athletics. “I advocate for girls to get their fair share of sports opportunities and for girls’ sports to be treated equally in terms of benefits and services such as facilities, equipment and publicity," she says

2. Alisha Gomez-Shah

Gomez-Shah was born in Mexico City, Mexico, where her father hails from. Her mother is Indian. Gomez-Shah studies at the prestigious Northwestern University (NU) where she captains their Division I fencing team. Now in the end of her third year, she says she hopes to bridge the campus varsity (competitive sporting) community and general student population through activities and programs she's championed with the help of NU's athletics department. 

3. Nandi Mehta

Another NU sports student, Mehta plays as the captain of the university's women's soccer team. Raised in cold Massachusetts to a family that has always supported her sporting dreams, Mehta dedicates as much time off the pitch to soccer as she does on. She is also the co-president of the NU Student-Athletic Advisory Committee through which she has advocated for several key issues facing the student sporting community, including the diminished sports scholarships on offer.

4. Ami Parekh

Parekh is from a Gujarati family in New Jersey and has spent much of her life figure skating across India and the US. While in The States, she competed in several junior national competitions. But it was when she went back to India her career really shone. In India she ranked first place in the Indian National Senior Figure Skating Championships from 2004 to 2007 and 2010 to 2014. She is also the first figure skater to represent India at these championships. Parekh is known for mixing up her routines with dance - above is a link to her performing Indian Classical dance, which she is also trained in, on ice.

5. Payal Patel

Patel, who is the Director of Public Relation for the NFL Players Association Chicago Chapter and the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago, started out as a sports journalist before breaking into the world or corporate communications and PR.

"The recessive economy eventually rerouted me to public relations, where I’ve happily spent the past six years of my career," she says. "My responsibilities include coordinating media interviews and appearances on behalf of the players within the organization, creating and distributing press releases, media advisories, newsletters, marketing collateral, managing internal communications, among other day-to-day PR tasks."

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