Desiree Abrams is rising through the ranks in football officiating, and is showing other women and girls that it’s possible to be involved with all aspects of football.
Celebrating Black Women in Sports
Collette V. Smith, the NFL’s first Black female coach, opens up about her journey in football, being a survivor, and using her experiences to empower other women.
Before being drafted No. 6 overall by the New York Liberty in the 2021 WNBA Draft, Michaela Onyenwere and her teammates at UCLA set out to make an impact around racial justice by creating the “More Than a D.R.E.A.M” campaign last year.
Shasta Averyhardt discusses her love for golf, being a Black woman in a historically white-dominated sport, and more in this edition of ONYX.
Don’t let her age fool you. Pepper Persley isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, and she’s already earning the respect of women athletes because of it.
Tori Franklin shattered school records at Michigan State University in the triple jump, and is now a two-time American record holder who’s just getting started.
In 20 years of Midnight Golf, founder and president Renee Fluker has impacted more than 3,500 high school students in Detroit. Learn more about her journey and the program’s roots in a feature by PGA.
Adrienne Smith was always destined to play football. Today, one of the most decorated female football players is breaking down barriers for the next generation of girls in the game.
Alexis Belton is one of the best long drivers in the world, but it wasn’t until she participated in the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship that she realized she could make it in a sport that’s not known for its diversity.
Renee Powell’s legacy began with a phenomenal amateur and professional golf career, but it carries on with her dedication to equality and access for all in the sport.
GoodSport caught up wtih NFL coach Jennifer King before the start of the 2020 NFL season. After the season, King made history as the first full-time Black female coach in the NFL.
Following in the footsteps of her legendary mother, Traci Green inspires a new generation of players.
Black Athlete Sister Circle aims to change the culture around collegiate athletics for black women, who are critically underrepresented in college administrations.
Shaakira Hassell overcame bias and hardship to become the first African-American woman to lead a strength and conditioning program in college sports.
At nine years old, Pepper Persley has taken the 2020 WNBA season by storm, shining a bright spot on an unconventional season.
Diahann Billings-Burford is working to improve race relations while inspiring leaders in sports to produce positive change and achieve social justice.
University of Wisconsin senior Samaria Bruce is poised to make a splash in professional sports following her graduation in May.
Monica McNutt pens a powerful guest column about why access to sports is so important for Black girls and their professional development. Originally published in Sports Business Journal.
Jasmin Cunningham is just the eighth African-American woman ever to receive PGA membership. Learn more about her journey in golf in this new feature from PGA of America.
Overtime host and digital content manager Chloe Pavelch joined ONYX host Monica McNutt to discuss being a Black woman in sports, authenticity, and insprining the next generation of female athletes.
Tiana Jones first picked up a golf club at age 3, and since then her passion has grown exponentially. Jones is just the 7th African-American female PGA member and continues to strive for greater diversity in golf.
ESPN analyst and reporter Maria Taylor joined ONYX host Monica McNutt for a conversation about being a Black woman in sports broadcasting.
Swin Cash, an NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and WNBA champion, now works as the VP of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans. She discusses all that and more in this edition of ONYX.
Nnenna Akotaobi, the former executive director of the Black Women In Sport Foundation, discusses how her experience as an athlete has helped prepare her for her professional career.
Claressa Shields is widely considered to be one of the greatest female boxers ever. Now, she hopes to make history by dominating in a second sport.
Phaidra Knight became a rugby legend because of her fierce and physical style ofplay. The hall-of-famer now uses her celebrity to help make a difference in the lives of others.
Blake Bolden won multiple league titles during her professional playing career in the CWHL and NWHL. She’s now the first Black female pro scout in the NHL.
An NHL experience inspired Renee Hess to create the Black Girl Hockey Club. The community focuses on making hockey more inclusive for Black female fans and allies.
Wyomia Tyus is a black track and field star who broke records and fought for equality at the Mexico City Olympics which are most known for American athletes protesting racial inequality back home
Kim Davis has a big job of making the NHL a more inclusive and diverse league, and she’s already made a large impact.
Lindsey Harding is paving a path in the NBA for other women to follow.
Despite knowing her actions would cause negative consequences with the IOC, Gwen Berry raised her fist to protest racial injustice at the 2019 Pan-Am games.
Odessa Jenkins wants people to know that women play tackle football, too. The Women’s National Football Conference is showcasing what these women can do.
She’s a legend in field hockey and lacrosse who now helps young African-American athletes as co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation.
Tori Miller used her basketball experience and perseverance to become the first female general manager in the NBA G League.
The WNBA 2020 Season will be dedicated to fighting systemic racism in the United States. Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed at the hands of Louisville Police Officers, will be featured on the back of their jerseys as the first motion of the league’s new platform, The Justice Movement.
Gianina Thompson uses her drive and perseverance to land big jobs in the sports industry.
Stanford soccer star Sophia Smith is expected to take the NWSL by force as she transitions from the NCAA into her professional career.
Tina Charles is a staple contributer on every team she plays for, but her talent extends past basketball. She added filmmaker to her resume in 2019.
A tweet from Utah Royal’s attacker Tziarra King called the NWHL to action. It resulted in an improved apparel line with better representation.
Kim Perrot helped lead the Houston Comets to back-to-back WNBA titles in 1997 and 1998. She died of cancer during the 1999 season, but her legacy lives on.
Simone Manuel creates her own special lane in swimming, winning gold medals on the way to making history.
Corliss Fingers has been pushing athletes to be their best despite whatever challenges stand in their way.
These female athletes are doing much more than stealing the spotlight in their sport–they are using their platforms to fight for social justice.
Odyssey Sims gave birth to her son in April. Four months later, she is back on the court ready to compete for a WNBA Championship.
Angela James was the first superstar of her sport, earning the nickname, “The Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey.”
Michelle Carter, a gold medalist in shot put, uses her platform to help young girls achieve their goals and dreams.
Crystal Dunn is as versatile off the field as she is on it. The soccer star is using her voice and standing in the game to help in the fight for gender equality.
Nicole Lynn makes her mark in the world of professional sports agents.
Several team owners and players in the Negro Leagues were women, and their trailblazing contributions helped keep the league alive for several seasons.
Ellen Hill Zeringue used persistence and hard work to land a big job with the Detroit Tigers, and she hopes to set an example for young girls.
From her years as a champion in the WNBA and the Olympics, Dawn Staley has continued to be a dynamic leader off the court.
Andia Winslow was the first Black female golfer to play in the Ivy League. She’s also a fitness expert, voiceover actor, and activist.
Naya Tapper didn’t start playing rugby until college. Now’s she the one everyone is chasing in the sport as she sprints towards greatness.
Candice Storey Lee waited patiently to make history at Vanderbilt University as the first black athletic director in the SEC.
Sylvia Fowles’ defensive skills led her to become the WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder in the midst of her impressive, record-shattering career.
Professional ice hockey player Sarah Nurse is now a PWHPA board member. Her presence is vital in diversifying and growing professional women’s hockey.
Carla Williams paid her dues to become the first female African-American athletic director at the University of Virginia.
Maya Moore stepped away from basketball to help free an innocent Missouri man in prison. His sentence was overturned in July 2020 after serving 23 years.
At just 15 years old, Coco Gauff became one of America’s most beloved tennis players. At 16 years old, Gauff is using her voice to inspire social change.
Kara Lawson made history as the Boston Celtic’s first female assistant coach. She’ll take her expertise to Duke University to head the women’s basketball team, making her the first black coach in program history.
As the softball head coach at the University of Illinois, Tyra Perry is currently the only African-American female head coach in the Big Ten conference.
Sydney McLaughlin competed in her first Olympics at only 17 years old. Her career is just beginning despite the many records she already holds.
The series will be called Onyx: Celebrating Black Women in Sports and will be hosted by MSG Network commentator and former Georgetown University basketball captain Monica McNutt.
Poised, insightful, and outspoken, GoodSport’s Monica McNutt is equally as impressive on-air as she was on the basketball court.
Born in Senegal, Rama Sy grew up in a place that suppressed women. Now in the US, she hopes to go back and make a difference.
WNBA rookie Satou Sabally is using her platform to promote social justice alongside stars like Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson.
One of the few African-Americans in water polo, Ashleigh Johnson is using her platform to change the popular perception of the sport.
Chloe McKenzie sacrificed a big job in banking to help the African-American community.
Amina Hussein is an Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer at ESPN. She’s led the way behind the cameras on shows like NBA Countdown and Sportscenter.
Katrina Adams goes from the courts to the board to help make a difference in tennis.
AJ Andrews earned a coveted gold glove from Rawlings and is now trying to bring professional softball to a whole new level.
Brehanna Daniels is changing more than just tires. She is changing the way NASCAR is viewed by sports fans around the country.
Angela Hill was the first black woman ever to sign with the UFC. In 2020, she headlined her first main event.
Nichol Whiteman, one of the highest-ranking female executives in baseball, is on a mission to help change Los Angeles-area communities.
Mattel has evolved their iconic doll to match today’s society and inspire a new generation of girls to chase their dreams.
In 1983, Dianne Durham won a national title in gymnastics for the U.S. gymnastics team. What she didn’t know was that she was making history for gymnasts and Black athletes for years to come.
President of the WNBA Players Association Nneka Ogwumike helped negotiate a game-changing agreement that changes the WNBA, and hopefully women’s sports.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, “African American female athletes’ concerns about their hair and appearance are barriers to participation in sport.”
All-American, Olympic medalist, WNBA MVP, and Hall of Famer – if there is anybody who should patent the formula for success, it is Lisa Leslie.
Behind every great female tennis player is a great dad. Coco Gauff has one in her father Corey.
From UCLA track star to coaching phenomenon, Caryl Smith Gilbert’s accolades continue to grow. Her 2015 conference honors include a historic win for women.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated its athletic program, Dillard University turned to Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes to rebuild it.
Deandra Duggans is a top marketer in one of the most powerful sports leagues in the U.S. She worked hard to land a big job with the Baltimore Ravens.
Former UConn basketball player Batouly Camara took her game in the community to another level.
Terri Jackson’s experience in law, education, sports business, and equity has led her to the top of the Women’s National Basketball Player’s Association.
Ashton Washington is breaking down barriers in the male-dominated world of college football.
Once a pitching phenom, Mo’ne Davis is playing softball in college far away from the national spotlight.
Lupe Rose, the CEO of SHE Beverage Company, is bringing a new model to women’s professional football. The WFLA is the first league to pay its players.
Frito-Lay vice president credits her experience as on the softball field for her success in the marketing world.
Ally Love is an image of versatility–model, TEDx speaker, certified health coach, host of the Brooklyn Nets, Peloton superstar, founder of fitness lifestyle brand, Love Squad– the list goes on. Check out her story for a bit of motivation!
Maria Taylor holds her own in the world of sports television.
Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, goes from knocking out opponents in the ring to fighting for gender equality in sports.
Gabby Douglas defied the odds to become an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics.
Swin Cash uses her basketball background to become the highest-ranking female executive in NBA operations.
These 12 Black female athletes, among many others, are breaking barriers, raising standards, and setting the stage for athletes around the world.
Patricia Melton won 6 Ivy League titles and qualified for the 1988 Olympic trials, but her work today helping others is even more impressive.
The mission is to increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching, and administration.
Lolo Jones’s athletic accomplishments speak for themselves but it’s her impact off the field that truly makes her an inspiration.
GoodSport honors a world-class senior athlete who held multiple national records and was tragically lost to COVID-19.
Kyla Nelson won her battle with cancer to return to the basketball court with the University of Pittsburgh.
Neile Ivey will return home and replace the legendary Muffet McGraw as coach of Notre Dame women’s basketball.