PARALYMPIC PARTNERSHIP: JESSICA LONG AND HAVEN SHEPHERD’S UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP
A 12-year-old catcher is in a (little) league of her own as the latest in a line of gutsy girls to make history on youth baseball’s biggest stage. But her newfound celebrity has more to do with her stellar play than her gender.
Giving girls a level playing field isn’t just Justine Siegal’s passion. ‘It’s a social justice issue,’ says the barrier-breaking former A’s coach. Her next goal: making women’s baseball an NCAA sport.
On June 30, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved an interim policy that allows collegiate athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness (NIL). Those rule changes, as well as state laws that went into effect July 1, have opened the door for athletes to earn money for social media posts, autograph signings and endorsements.
Oksana Masters is one of the world’s most accomplished—and versatile—athletes, having won eight Paralympic medals in three sports. This summer, she has her sights set on reaching the podium in a fourth, cycling.
The Catch A Lift fund helps Melissa Leuck overcome the physical and mental injuries she suffered during her military service, while also providing support and a close community.
Alana Nichols is the only athlete to win gold in the summer and winter Paralympics. She now leads the preeminent women’s sports organization.
ORGANIZATIONS WE ADMIRE
The Black Women in Sport Foundation’s mission is to increase the involvement of Black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching, and administration.
“I was told that I didn’t fit the mold because I was the wrong color. I knew if I wanted to be incharge of something, I would have to create an opportunity because nobody was going to give it to me. The Foundation was my way of doing that.”
Tina Sloan Green, Co-Founder & President