Nita Ambani is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. With a family fortune estimated in excess of USD$20 billion, she is reportedly India’s wealthiest woman. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani. She is also an art collector.
Nita has been named in the 2016 edition of the Forbes list of ‘Asia’s most influential women’, and the ’50 high and mighty Indians’ list by India Today. But she is well known for being the founder of the Indian Super League Football and being the owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team in the Indian Premier League.
Reliance Foundation Youth Sports:
Sports brings cultures together and bridges gaps between countries and across generations. It is recognised as an essential element of learning through physical activities and games. These activities have been a great motivator to enhance the spirit of learning and leadership, especially amongst the rural children.
Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS), an initiative to professionalize school and college sports, was kicked off by Mrs Nita Ambani. As of now, participatory cities in the RFYS are Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, but the number is expected to grow in coming years, and reach a target of over 50 cities by the fifth year in 2020.
RFYS had also set up an elite six member Advisory Board consisting of leading sports personalities and educationalists, which include Nita Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Saina Nehwal, Prof. Dipak Jain and Ranbir Kapoor.
“At Reliance Foundation, our vision is to build an inclusive India by pioneering a holistic model to address our nation’s multifaceted development challenges, and contribute to its collective aspirations. Central to our philosophy is the commitment to enhance the quality of life of people from marginalised and vulnerable communities, by empowering them and catalysing change through innovative and sustainable solutions. Our steadfast endeavour is to create replicable and scalable models of development through an integrated approach in the true Reliance spirit of maximising societal value for all, and making it a movement.”
Says Nita Ambani about the Reliance Foundation.
Nita leads all of Reliance Industries’ sports initiatives, notably in cricket, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis and golf, either through the company, the foundation or its joint ventures.
Going where no Indian woman has gone…
Sir Dorabji Tata was the first person to represent India in the IOC. Raja Randhir Singh is currently holding the post of an honorary member after serving the international body from 2000-2014.
Nita Ambani became the first Indian woman member of International Olympic Committee after being elected at the 129th IOC Session in Rio. She is the only individual member from India and her appointment at the world body is valid until she attains the age of 70.
The independent selection process follows a new procedure for the recruitment of IOC members based on the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations; those nominated are done so wholly on merit and then elected by existing IOC members.
Nita has been steering initiatives in the area of education, sports, health and art and culture. She has been involved in promoting multiple sports in the country with focus on developing talent through a number of large-scale grassroots initiatives. The grassroots programs that she has initiated have reached out to over 3 million children in multiple sports.
“I am truly humbled and overwhelmed to be elected by the IOC. This is a recognition of the growing importance of India in the world stage and a recognition for Indian women,” said Nita. “I have always believed in the power of sport to shape our youth. I believe that sports brings together communities, cultures, and generations has the power to unify and unite people. I look forward to spreading the spirit of Olympics and sports across our nation,” she added.
Her contribution to India Sports, especially Football has been a stand out and has promoted the sport to an unimaginable extent in the country. More power to you, Nita Ambani!
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