Infosys Foundation ties up with GoSports Foundation
The Infosys Foundation, the charitable and CSR arm of IT behemoth Infosys, has established a “Girls for Gold” initiative for young and rising female athletes in conjunction with GoSports Foundation.
The initiative, which will run for the first four years, will discover and promote the evolution of young Indian women athletes aged 13 to 19 through partnership with high potential academies and coaches in India. Scholarship coaching, access to academies, and performance recognition will also be part of the initiative. This initiative has received a total grant of Rs 30 crore.
“We sincerely appreciate the Infosys Foundation’s dedication to providing cutting-edge opportunities for girls and young women to become sporting champions for India.” The ‘Girls for Gold Program’ holistic methodology improves the ecosystem by investing in human and institutional capacity and building talent paths for future generations. “We are confident in the impact that this one-of-a-kind program will have on the lives and careers of the women athletes we will support, as well as on Indian sport in general,” stated Deepthi Bopaiah, CEO of GoSports Foundation.
The program has been broken into three sections. First, it will develop a strong cohort of female athletes capable of competing at the world level, as well as assist them in developing sustainable careers and being role models for others.
Former Indian shooter and Arjuna Awardee Suma Shirur, former national table tennis champion B Bhuvaneswari, and amateur boxing champion and Padma Vibhushan awardee MC Mary Kom have formed a Champion Advisory Board.
“At Infosys Foundation, a deep-rooted focus on education and women empowerment has been a key priority over the years,” stated Sumit Virmani, Trustee. Collaboration with the GoSports Foundation strengthens our long-standing commitment to providing young female athletes with a complete environment to help them realize their aspirations. Excellence in sports is a social change engine, and we are certain that our partnership will assist these exceptional young women achieve their potential in sports in an atmosphere enhanced by scientific and technological processes.”