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.
Celebrating Black Women in Sports
Diahann Billings-Burford is working to improve race relations while inspiring leaders in sports to produce positive change and achieve social justice.
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.
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.
In this edition of GoodSport Live, we interview the only African American female coach in the NFL.
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.
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.
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Shasta Averyhardt has beaten the odds to become a top golfer on the LPGA Tour.
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.
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.
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.
Chole 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.
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.”
Following in the footsteps of her legendary mother, Traci Green inspires a new generation of players.
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.
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.
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.
Collete V. Smith’s passion and love for football led her to become the NFL’s first female African American coach. She says the sport saved her life.
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.
Shaakira Hassell overcame bias and hardship to become the first African-American woman to lead a strength and conditioning program in college sports.
After receiving hurtful social media messages, pro tennis player, Madison Keys, looks to spread kindness and positivity.
The middleweight champion of the world is inspiring young athletes and giving them hope, something she didn’t have a lot of as a child.
Mariah Stackhouse is a beacon of hope and inspiration for African-American female golfers.
Basketball has taken Edniesha Curry across the globe, but now she’s in Maine hoping it leads to a head coaching job.
Jennifer King put in the time on the field and the coaches’ room. She is a pioneer who wants to inspire girls to make their dreams come true.
Teena Mobley fighting cystic fibrosis to live the life she’s always imagined.
Throughout her tennis career, Allen faced discrimination based on her gender and race. Today she works to change this culture through her foundation.
Told she may never walk again, Army veteran Candice Caesar fights back to become an endurance athlete.
Rugby on the Rise, an Interview with Professional Rugby Player and Coach, Alycia Washington.
Facing constant racism, Althea Gibson triumphed in tennis and paved the way for other African-American players to succeed.