Although Nneka Ogwumike missed out on the Olympics, the L.A. Sparks forward has accomplished quite a bit in 2021. And she isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon.
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.
Kjahna O’s lifelong love for football has led her down a winding path in the NFL that led to her closer to her dream role of NFL scout.
After a dominant first 10 games, the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones is the odds-on favorite to win the MVP award this season, according to DraftKings. But Jones will miss four to six games as she competes for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2021 EuroBasket tournament.
After serving in Iraq, Anne McClain found rugby a crucial ingredient to her success at NASA.
Cailey Hutchison balances a packed schedule of classes, labs, coaching, and being a professional hockey player for the Metropolitan Riveters.
Jessica Long is one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes there is. As Long prepared for her fifth games in Tokyo, friend and teammate Haven Shepherd was preparing for her first.
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.
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.
Noelle Lambert was one of the best lacrosse players at UMass Lowell, but lost her leg in an accident before her sophomore season. Lambert not only battled back to the box, but worked her way to a spot on the U.S Paralympic Track and Field Team.
Cailin Curry competes against some of the best in the nation and doesn’t consider blindness a disadvantage in any way.
The U.S Olympic Women’s Basketball team will try for a seventh straight Olympic gold medal in Tokyo as they come in as the heavy favorites to win it all.
Bombette Martin talks about having the confidence to compete as a professional skateboarder.
Team USA softball player Valerie Arioto was supposed to compete in her first Olympics this year. Instead, she’s helping others live their best lives.
A few years ago, Nzingha Prescod was training to qualify for her third Olympic games. But this summer, instead of competing in Tokyo, she’ll be teaching the sport to children in and around Brooklyn through her program Fencing in the Park.
Sakura Kokumai, the first American to qualify for the Olympic Games in karate, hopes that her inspiring story and performance will help inspire others to fall in love with her sport.
From Katie Ledecky to Allyson Felix to Mary Lou Retton, many women became household names on the world’s biggest stage.
The 1996 Olympics brought us some of the greatest moments in sports history. But more importantly, it changed the landscape of women’s sports in the U.S.
Whether they’re gunning for their first medal — or another gold — one more shot at ultimate glory is the goal for these athletes, who each have unfinished business at the Games.
As expected, Simone Biles will be leading the charge in Tokyo, joined by three newcomers and two individual specialists on the women’s team.
Gevvie Stone is an Olympic medalist who is also training to be an emergency room physician.
Winning the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee could just be the beginning for the multi-talented Zaila Avant-garde, who also has her sights set on Harvard, NASA and the WNBA.
Six women who play college baseball explain, in their own words, why they stuck with the sport they love — even if it didn’t always love them back.
ESPN analyst and reporter Maria Taylor joined ONYX host Monica McNutt for a conversation about being a Black woman in sports broadcasting.
The ESPY’s honored athletes who have accomplished greatness during the pandemic in early July. Four women were nominated for the Best Female Athlete ESPY award, which Naomi Osaka eventually took home.
Rianna Rios, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army, has two passions in life: serving her country and her boxing career.
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.
Iraqi War veteran Melissa Stockwell found a new passion in sports after her life-changing injury. She tells all in her new book, The Power Of Choice.
A record six women suited up for teams at various collegiate levels this season, with more on the way, and a movement to make women’s baseball a college sport is gaining momentum.
As a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Elizabeth Toth is poised to make a name for herself in the National Football League.
Victoria Lee is the latest Lee sibling to join One Championship, the world’s largest martial arts organization. The 16-year-old prodigy has the potential to be MMA’s next big star.
The hard-hitting Oklahoma Sooners — led by national player of the year Jocelyn Alo and freshman of the year Tiare Jennings — have shattered home-run records and windshields alike this season.
The New York Liberty had a disappointing 2020 season in the WNBA bubble, only winning two games — their worst season in franchise history. Just a few games into this season, the team already has more wins this year than all of last year as they are making a name for themselves as possibly early title contenders.
Hit with a postseason ban stemming from an academic cheating scandal, Missouri softball was struggling to find motivation and reach its full potential. That is until new head coach Larissa Anderson came in and quickly turned things around.
Emily Kwok was one of the first women to compete in jiu jitsu and eventually became a two-time IBJJF World Champion.
Several team owners and players in the Negro Leagues were women, and their trailblazing contributions helped keep the league alive for several seasons.
Amanda Burrill is a United States Navy veteran who returned to her first love, running, to aid recovery from traumatic brain injury. She was kind enough to share her story with us.
Women’s Sports Foundation President Phaidra Knight is empowering women and raising money for female athletes through her new fashion line, PSK Collective. The line is dedicated to promoting body positivity by making clothing for women athletes of all shapes and sizes, and donates partial proceeds to the Women’s Sports Foundation.
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.
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.
As the popularity of women’s soccer grows rapidly in the U.S., Alyse LaHue and the NWSL’s freshly-branded Gotham FC want to stay ahead of the curve.
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.
Women’s Gridiron Foundation CEO Dana Sparling found women’s tackle football when she was 37 years old. She doesn’t want this generation to have to wait that long.
After winning the 2020-2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Stanford University kept its streak of winning at least one NCAA team championship each academic year for 45 consecutive years.
With a recent increase in viewership of the NWSL, there has been a rise in investments from many influential women.
The progression of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome threatened to end Tori Isaacson’s fencing career, but after embracing wheelchair fencing, she now has her hopes set on the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Tristin Keller didn’t expect her Twitter post about her first varsity football start to go viral, but she’s used this as an opportunity to inspire young girls everywhere.
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.
The MMA world may know Holly Holm best for her viral knockout of Ronda Rousey in 2015, but the former bantamweight champion still has her best days ahead of her.
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.
Olivia Rosenblum, a fourth-grader from New York, is pushing the worldwide leader in sports for more coverage of women’s sports.
Meet Katy Sullivan, actress, producer, writer and oh, by the way, record-smashing Paralympic track and field athlete.
Shasta Averyhardt discusses her love for golf, being a Black woman in a historically white-dominated sport, and more in this edition of ONYX.
University of Miami senior Samantha Goldman hopes to inspire women to find their way into the “boys club” through her work in football.
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.
Girls on the Run is an after-school program designed to inspire girls of all abilities to recognize and embrace their inner strength.
Shaakira Hassell overcame bias and hardship to become the first African-American woman to lead a strength and conditioning program in college sports.
Jennifer Kisslinger and Katie DiChiaro want to instill confidence in girls by showing that they belong everywhere — even a football field.
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.
Professional volleyball will finally have a home in the U.S. in 2021. Athletes Unlimited Volleyball league brings 44 athletes to Dallas to compete in a brand new style of league play.
University of Wisconsin senior Samaria Bruce is poised to make a splash in professional sports following her graduation in May.
Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson have officially retired from professional hockey, but will continue to fight for the players and for equality in the sport at all levels.
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.
So much has changed in the year since the South Carolina Gamecocks last won the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, but they still managed to leave the 2021 tournament with another title.
Teevyah Yuva Raju is ready and willing to take on any challenge that comes her way. After moving across the country to transfer to Cornell University, she decided to try a new sport: men’s heavyweight rowing.
GoodSport caught up with former U.S. women’s ice hockey team member Shawna Davidson to discuss her incredible career and growing the game for the next generation.
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.
Billie Jean King and eight other women took a risk to form their own professional women’s tennis tour in a fight for equality on the court.
Cherre Marshall moved from the battlefield to the football field thanks to the Soldiers To Sidelines program.
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.
Hilary Muehlberger played sports before she was injured in a car crash, but found a community in adaptive sports that led her to Ms. Wheelchair America.
Lesley Visser is a sportscaster who has broken all the barriers and has a career defined by firsts.
Sarah Fuller made history kicking for Vanderbilt’s football team. So how does this affect the future of football?
Robin Wallace grew up playing baseball, but never thought a career in the MLB was possible. She’s now the league’s first female full-time scout.
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.
GoodSport met with Teevyah Yuva Raju to discuss her journey as a walk-on coxswain at Cornell, her internationally recognized agriculture research, and increasing opportunities for minorities in rowing.
Gaby Chau, a former fencer for Boston College, is one of the youngest coaches to lead an NCAA Division I team.
Orlando Pride’s Toni Pressley defeated breast cancer, and now she’s using her voice to inspire other women to be proactive about getting tested.
Wounded during battle, Elizabeth Marks rises to win a Paralympic gold medal for the country she fought for.
Manon Rhéaume is the only woman to ever play in any of the major North American pro sports leagues. In 1992, the goalie played in a preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Oh, and she was only 20 years old.
Being relentless is a powerful tool in sports and in life. Emily Pappas is helping young girls optimize their performance in both sports and in life.
Kim Ng started her career as an intern for the Chicago White Sox. More than 30 years later she’s baseball’s first general manager.
Emily Jaenson of the Reno Aces is the first female General Manager in Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League in nearly two decades.
Kristine Lilly is one of the most decorated players in the history of US soccer. Sheis on a mission to help girls and women in sports.
The biggest night in women’s sports had a different format for the WSF’s 41st Annual Salute to Women In Sports gala, but that didn’t make it any less inspiring, encouraging, or impactful.
She is a renowned skater, street artist, and musician. There is very little that Lola can’t do.
Hofstra University is prioritizing voting ahead of the 2020 election. GoodSport spoke with two female athletes who discuss why this move is so crucial.
Olympian Meghan Duggan announced her retirement from hockey, but she leaves more than just a successful hockey career behind.
The NFL is unquestionably America’s dominant sports league. Tom Brady’s new head coach is leading by example by giving women a chance to shine.
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.
Hall Of Famer Rebecca Lobo is a guiding light for girls and women who want to chase their dreams in sports.
The Women’s Sports Foundation hosts their Annual Salute to Women In Sports event on October 14th, which will be broadcasted for free on Yahoo Sports.