Second Innings, an initiative launched in 2021, has a stated vision to provide job security to athletes, reassure parents, inspire other companies, and honour sports heroes beyond their careers. On ground, Second Innings supports ex-athletes in transitioning to the Indian startup ecosystem. Pine Labs has given us the mandate to identify consistent performers and offer employment contracts, training and skilling. To date, twelve athletes from various sports have been recruited in 2 batches.
Collaborating with the GoSports Foundation, a prominent sports NGO, we organised Mission 2024 with the core aim to raise funds essential to support athletes across various sports disciplines as they gear up for the Paris Olympics 2024. The event attracted participation from top industrialists and sports enthusiasts who came forward to champion the cause and contribute to the athlete’s preparation for excellence on the global stage. The event is an example of how sports can act as a powerful catalyst for community building and forging strong connections among diverse individuals and organisations united by a common passion.