After years of interviewing and studying women in sports, I’ve learned one commonality exists among female athletes – they do not want to be treated any differently than their male counterparts. And if you were to ask Nneka Ogwumike, President of the WNBA Player’s Association and 2016 MVP, she would prefer that you drop “female” from her … Continue reading "The WNBA Is Sorry, Not Sorry"
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), more high school girls played volleyball (444,779) than basketball (430,368) in 2016-2017. Further, in the past decade, NFHS’s data shows an increase of more than 400,000 volleyball players and a decrease of 23,000 basketball players. As more girls set aside collegiate basketball recruiting letters … Continue reading "As Volleyball Participation Grows, The AVP Tour Readies For The Future"
Jemele Hill never planned on having a decade-long and counting career working at ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports. And her sights were never set on becoming a television anchor. Rather, her lifelong goal was to write long-form stories for Sports Illustrated because she always thought print first. Gradually, she transitioned from an ESPN.com national columnist to … Continue reading "Jemele Hill: ‘Even If You Think Women Don’t Belong — Guess What? We’re Not Going Anywhere.’"
Venus Williams first stepped foot on Arthur Ashe Stadium in 1997. It was during the breakthrough season for the 17-year-old who advanced to the US Open finals as an unseeded newcomer. Williams’ storied professional tennis career speaks for itself – 49 singles titles, a four-time US Open champion (singles 2000, 2001 and doubles 1999, 2009), … Continue reading "Balancing Act: How Venus Williams Makes A Lasting Impact On And Off The Court"