Former Captain of Turkish National Basketball Team / Teamwork Specialist VEW Mentor
Sinan Güler was born on November 8, 1983 in Istanbul. As his father, Necati Güler, played basketball for many years, Sinan Güler was influenced by this and started to play basketball, too. He started his basketball career in the ITU infrastructure and played basketball successfully under the Eczacıbaşı and ITU jerseys. Sinan Güler, was transferred to Beşiktaş at a young age, started his professional basketball career in the black and white club. He played his first match in the Turkish Basketball League against Pınar Karşıyaka on May 2, 2001, and in the same period, he started his university education at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Public Relations. He continued his education by winning a basketball scholarship at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, USA, and then transferred to Carroll College. He had a successful career at Carroll College and attracted attention especially with his performance in the defensive area. He played for important clubs in Turkey such as Anadolu Efes (Efes Pilsen), Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. He has a successful career as a player who played more than 500 matches in the Basketball Super League. He also played an important role in the National Team, being part of the silver medal-winning squad at the 2010 World Championship and captaining the National Team since the 2014 World Championship. In 2011, he stepped into the field of social entrepreneurship by founding Güler Legacy. Many athletes participating in the summer camps organized under this initiative came from all over the country and benefited from regions with limited sports opportunities free of charge. Many athletes from abroad participated in these camps. The camps received the participation of nearly 900 athletes in 9 years, and up to 400 athletes from 35 different provinces in Turkey with limited sports facilities attended free of charge. Athletes from France, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan among others were also included in the camp both with scholarships and fees. In the same period, he contributed to the entrepreneurship ecosystem by investing in the initiative called Lastik Pabuç, and has started angel investment and mentoring activities since 2013. He also has got a certificate of readiness from Harvard Business School. He has invested in 24 different startups till now and launched the first sports-focused accelerator program originating from Turkey as of April. Starting a new career in Turkey at Darüşşafaka, Sinan then played in Beşiktaş, Anadolu Efes (Efes Pilsen), Galatasaray, and Fenerbahçe and returned back to Darüşşafaka for 3 seasons. Playing in over 500 games in the Basketball Super League, Sinan began his career in the "A National Team" in 2009 and was a part of the legendary team that won the silver medal at the World Championships in Turkey in 2010. After the 2014 World Championship, he was made the captain of the "A National Team" and continued to be the captain until his last game with the A National Team in 2019.