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Veteran Volleyball Coach Jen Fry Aces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

On a passionate pursuit to shatter misperceptions and stereotypes, Jen Fry is redefining the voice of many in social environments. She is fearlessly leading Black women and encouraging them to have deeper-level conversations every day.

Nicole Jeter West Is Making Her Mark in Sports Business

With infinite tenacity and a true entrepreneurial spirit, Nicole Jeter West is leading the way for herself and others to constantly step outside of the box. As the Head of Marketing for the third Olympic and the first Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, she is building the spirit of inclusivity in youth sports and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of others.

How 16-Year-Old Equestrian Athlete Zoie Brogdon Is Making a Mark in Her Sport

As a 16-year-old equestrian superstar, Zoie Brogdon is making her rounds as an aspiring Grand Prix rider. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make her vision a dream come true. While growing and building with her horse, Ninja, she is simultaneously encouraging diversity in the equestrian world.

The Trailblazing Path of North Carolina Central University’s Ingrid Wicker McCree

Fiercely dedicated to her role as a head coach, Ingrid Wicker McCree has led teams to massive accomplishments in athletics. She was the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, captured the school’s first-ever titles in softball and volleyball, was selected to be in the NCUU Athletic Hall of Fame, and later the CIAA Hall of Fame.

Ndidi Massay is Driving Diversity and Transformation at CBS Sports

With powerful storytelling and unbeatable tenacity, Ndidi Massay continues to spark action in others to change the reality of inclusivity. As the Vice President of Inclusivity for CBS, she is continuously pushing boundaries to redefine the level of diversity for thought, skill, and talent.

From the Backcourt to the Front Office, Renee Montgomery Can Do It All

As a former two-time WNBA champion, Renee Montgomery brings her unwavering confidence and discipline to everything she does. As the leader and activist behind Montgomery and Company, she serves her community and shows people what it means to bring passion to professional endeavors.

A King Among Kings

When it comes down to creating success, Jennifer King believes there is no room for excuses or shortcuts. As the 1st full-time Black female assistant coach in NFL history, King’s fearless determination and strategic planning is something we all can live by.

Blake Bolden Continues to Break the Ice

Blake Bolden fiercely continues to shatter glass ceilings as the first Black woman to compete in the Canadian women’s hockey league, national women’s hockey league, and scout in the national hockey league. Through resilience and courage, Bolden has changed the trajectory of what is truly possible.

Washington Nationals' Jacque Coleman on Her Journey from the Front Desk to the Front Office

Washington's senior vice president of marketing, broadcasting and game presentation has spent more than three decades tracking an executive career in sports, paving the road for more women to find prominent jobs on the business side of the industry.

Girl on Fire: 10-Year-Old Pepper Persley Is Setting the World Ablaze

A force to be reckoned with, and well before her time… Pepper Persley began her career at the sprightly age of 6. Through her curiosity, passion, and hard work, she’s had one on one's with Michelle Obama, First Lady Jill Biden, and even the Black Panther himself. She's not only using her platform to bring awareness to her dream league, the WNBA, but also to anti-bullying efforts.

Lisa Leslie Is Never Scared

From her playing days to her second career after retirement, the WNBA legend has shaped the game and set the tone for Black women in basketball for decades to come.

Andia Winslow Proves a Jack of All Trades Is Better Than a Master of One

From golf to track, from bobsled to voice-over acting, this athletic chameleon uses her confidence and curiosity to stay fit and inspire others.

Reebok’s Jasmine Bellamy Is Dedicated to Leading the Tough Conversations

Part of Jasmine Bellamy’s role as Head of Merchandising, Planning, Allocation, and Logistics is to help ensure that Reebok remains one of the world’s top 10 sportswear brands. But it’s her role as “Culture Transformer” that she’s most proud of. Jasmine is reshaping Reebok’s company culture by disrupting business norms, strengthening diversity, and implementing real change.

Introducing ... Kamali Thompson

Kamali Thompson doesn’t let anything stand in her way. From paving her own path to the U.S. Olympics Fencing Team to becoming an Orthopedic surgeon, she’s making her mark on the world and is a true inspiration to women everywhere.

Former USTA President Katrina Adams Continues to Inspire

Throughout Katrina Adams’ career, she has inspired and empowered Black women. First, as an athlete, rising through the ranks to become a tennis pro. Now, on the business side, as the first former player to serve as Chairman and President of the United States Tennis Association for her second term now.

Nneka Ogwumike Is Centering Reproductive Health for Women in Sports

After helping to negotiate a landmark CBA, the WNBPA president continues to push for equality

USF’s Yolisha Jackson is Making a 40-Year Commitment to Black Women in Basketball

Yolisha Jackson believed in her power and potential from the very beginning of her basketball career. Now, as a Division One women’s basketball coach, Yolisha knows it’s more than all-star recruits and stats. It’s about building a deep-rooted community of strong, connected, and talented Black women.

Kim Davis Leads the NHL with a Passion for Progress

Kimberly Davis is a visionary leader, bringing change to life through strategic planning and strong organizational development. As a senior executive at the National Hockey League, Kim is a true trailblazer for Black women on the business side of sports.

The USTA's Nicole Kankam Is Putting Equality at the Forefront of Tennis

Nicole Kankam worked tirelessly to put the Black Lives Matter movement at the forefront of the Arthur Ashe stadium during this year’s U.S Open with her “Be Open” campaign. She’s passionate and determined to make the predominantly white sport of tennis more accessible for kids of color.

Kathleen Francis Is Giving Women the Tools to Excel Through WISE

On the business side of sports, Kathleen Francis is blazing a trail of her own and making an impact at the C-suite level by giving other women a seat at the table of some of the most respected organizations in the world.

Introducing ... Daneya Celestin

Introducing... modern dancer Daneya Celestin. Celebrate her artistry. Share her vision. Experience the strength and power that moves this young Black female athlete to greatness. She's got next.

Introducing

Get to know the next generation of must-know names that are changing the game in the series, Introducing, where Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are celebrating the Black women and girls who are emerging leaders and rising stars in the sports world.

How Shaina Wiel Is Shifting the Leadership of Sports

Her organization Minorities in Sports Business works to change the face of a white, male-dominated industry.

100 Influential Black Women in Sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more. The 100 Influential Black Women in Sports series aims to foster an environment where Black women can share their inspirational stories and impact on the communities they serve as a way to encourage and enlighten the next generation of leaders in sports and beyond.

US Open 2021 Breakthrough Highlights

Celebrating the US Open 2021 breakthrough stars. Check out these players on the rise.

BFM: Preserving History

Black Film Archive celebrates the rich, abundant history of Black cinema. We are an evolving archive dedicated to making historically and culturally significant films made from 1915 to 1979 about Black people accessible through a streaming guide with cultural context.

The W25

The WNBA share it's ranking of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history as party of the league's 25th anniversay celebrations.

Fitness at Any Age

Competitive powerlifter Carrie Reese, 84, proves that age doesn't slow down reaching fitness goals.

Olympic Highlights

Allyson Felix becomes the most decorated US track and field athlete and other unforgettable moments at the Tokyo Olympics.

Dawn Staley Gets Candid About Her Experience with Trail Blazers

Dawn Staley gets candid about her interview process with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mental Health Break

Liz Cambage, center for Las Vegas Aces, says withdrawing from the Olympic Games saved her mental health and her season.

Sparks Are Victorious Amid Ogwumike's Return

Nneka Ogwumike returns after a knee injury, as Spark's win first game back Staples Center.

Jemele Hill is Unbothered

Jemele Hill, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, provides exclusive interviews with some of the culture's most influential people.

Tea with A & Phee

WNBA All-Stars A’ja Wilson and Napheesa Collier discuss all things hoops and pop culture while taking listeners on a journey into their personal lives.

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