LinkedIn, the world’s biggest professional networking platform, announced on National Sports Day that it had recently on-boarded India’s best sportsmen and sports celebrities as LinkedIn influencers, as part of a worldwide collective of 500+ of the world’s foremost thinkers, leaders, and innovators. Mithali Raj, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhinav Bindra, Shiva Keshavan, Avani Lekhara, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Rishabh Pant are among the well-known athletes and sports personalities.
These talented athletes have carved out a space for themselves in the sports of cricket, football, shooting, and luge. They have represented the country in international forums, earning countless awards, widespread recognition, and immense national pride.
As members of the LinkedIn influencer network, these athletes engage with the platform’s 850+ million members by emphasizing significant insights from their personal stories. They are utilizing their voices to emphasize the significance of mental health, diversity, and inclusion in sports, as well as to share their experiences and advice on how to pursue a career in sports.
“LinkedIn has always been a place for everyone, and now athletic professionals have discovered it as a place to share different aspects of who they are.” They contribute to important topics such as leadership, collaboration, mental health, and learning from setbacks in addition to providing valuable sports-related content. By bringing on board prominent sportsmen and sports celebrities, we want to use their vast knowledge to educate and motivate young athletes and diverse professional communities. “We are thrilled to see these athletic legends expand their professional networks, shine a light on the world of sports, and create new doors for themselves and their fans,” said Pooja Chhabria, APAC Creator Management Lead, LinkedIn.
Here’s what the sports influencers had to say about how they would like their sporting professions to blend into the LinkedIn community:
“LinkedIn has removed that barrier by allowing me to plan the development of my off-the-field career,” Mithali Raj says. “LinkedIn is the right venue for me to share my experiences and thoughts, interact with like-minded individuals, and reach out to a greater audience,” said Mithali Raj, former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Shiva Keshavan, a six-time Olympian, is India’s first Luge participant at the Winter Olympics. He believes LinkedIn is a great tool for preparing athletes for the eventual professional transition that all athletes will confront. “We develop many essential abilities as sportsmen that are transferrable to work life,” he explains.
“LinkedIn has enabled me to share my football-related learnings and experiences with professionals from all backgrounds.” “I’m able to share what I’ve learned, what’s occurring on with my football academy, and motivate anybody who wants to follow their passion and aspirations through my postings,” said Bhaichung Bhutia, former Indian footballer and current owner of United Sikkim Football Club.