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.
Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia was diagnosed with cancer before her senior season but has made a full recovery and is ready for the future.
Scott Pioli is setting a new standard for the NFL, forcing the powerful men within it to pay attention to highly qualified women in the industry.
Kuylee Pettit needed something to help occupy her summer days as an eight-year-old girl growing up in Big Bear City, California. Her father had a suggestion.
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.
Overcoming adversity to win Olympic gold, swimmer and civil rights attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar has dedicated her life to fight for equality.
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.
Sarah Dowalo and Regan Ware began their softball collegiate careers at different schools, but transferred to La Salle University for a new environment.
WNBA champion Natasha Cloud is the first female basketball player to sign with Converse, and the brand is hopefully starting a trend in athlete endorsements.
The top prospect in the 2020 NHL Draft is represented by Émilie Castonguay, who could make history as the first female NHL agent to work with a No. 1 pick.
After 43 years of coaching and 30 seasons with UConn, field hockey coach Nancy Stevens retires as the winningest field hockey coach in NCAA history.
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.
Cailin Curry competes against some of the best in the nation and doesn’t consider blindness a disadvantage in any way.
In a time where women’s mixed martial arts was taboo, Ronda Rousey proved that they can thrive on the sport’s biggest stage.
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.
Firefighter meets paramedic meets retired football player meets Team USA coach meets Pittsburgh Steelers. Stephanie Balochko can do it all.
Chole McKenzie sacrificed a big job in banking to help the African-American community.
P.V. Sindhu became the youngest Indian Olympian to medal in an individual event when she was 21 years old. Since 2016, she’s already accomplished much more.
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.
The USWNT has had many iconic moments since its start in 1985, and only continue to add to its legacy. We look at 10 defining moments in USWNT history.
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.
The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to helping girls and women at all levels remove obstacles and other barriers to participation in sports.
Mixed martial arts legend Cris Cyborg traveled to Uganda to provide clean drinking water to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Despite losing her LPGA card while battling Lyme disease, golfer Sophia Popov achieved the unthinkable after winning the 2020 Women’s British Open.
Geno Auriemma is one of the greatest basketball coaches to ever teach the game–UConn women’s basketball would not be the same without him.
University of Colorado senior women’s administrator and former women’s basketball coach, Ceal Barry, retires after a storied career and 37 years in University of Colorado athletics.
Angela Hill was the first black woman ever to sign with the UFC. In 2020, she headlined her first main event.
Rugby legend Tiff Faaee played for the national teams of three different countries before coming to New York to coach in Major League Rugby.
Endurance athletes regularly push their bodies to places that many humans simply can’t. Here are 10 impressive endurance athletes you should know.
Suzanne Smith is a trailblazer in her field of sports television, and an inspiration for young girls seeking to break through the industry.
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.
Adrienne Smith is a media entrepreneur and professional women’s tackle football player. She was inducted into the Women’s Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
The first ever all-female mixed martial arts promotion Invicta FC helped provide stability for women’s mixed martial arts when its future was uncertain.
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.
When Christy Hedgpeth was named COO of the WNBA in 2019, she was determined to find a way to help spur the growth of the game at the youth level.
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.
From intern to CEO and beyond, Amy Trask is an inspiring leader showing women that they can hold powerful roles in male dominated spaces.
President of the WNBA Players Association Nneka Ogwumike helped negotiate a game-changing agreement that changes the WNBA, and hopefully women’s sports.
Cherre Marshall moved from the battlefield to the football field thanks to the Soldiers To Sidelines program.
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.
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.
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.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated its athletic program, Dillard University turned to Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes to rebuild it.
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.
The Houston Dash, who had never made a playoffs appearance in club history, earned their first NWSL title after the monthlong Challenge Cup tournament.
From going undrafted to being the first woman to represent her country at the Olympics, here are a few inspirational women who overcame hurdles to succeed.
Kim Davis has a big job of making the NHL a more inclusive and diverse league, and she’s already made a large impact.
Kendall Coyne Schofield has competed on the highest world stage and made history. Now she’s encouraging young girls to do the same.
Liz Cambage is a stud of a basketball player. She’s opening up about her struggle with mental health, and using her platform to start deeper conversations.
Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris is co-owner of the Pittsburgh Passion, a Women’s Football Alliance team. His investment makes way for a bigger audience.
Jamie Chadwick is taking the racing world by storm as one of its youngest and most successful stars.
BreakingT has broken through in the sports merchandise game, helping bring awareness to women’s sports, while also providing fans with access to fun merch.
It’s been nearly a decade since a WNBA player has had their own shoe. Why is that? There is no better time than now to give an athlete their own signature line of shoes. Who should it be?
Former UConn basketball player Batouly Camara took her game in the community to another level.
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird joined forces with the #ShareTheMicNow social media campaign to amplify the voices of Black women in America.
Army’s coach Kristen Skiera has been with the program since their start as a varsity sport, a position she has been in before at the rival Naval Academy.
Sara Cox’s refereeing career in rugby has only just begun, but it’s already a career destined for the history books.
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.
Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, has been praised for his advocacy of women in the workplace and is a model for other executives in the field.
Once a pitching phenom, Mo’ne Davis is playing softball in college far away from the national spotlight.
Dr. Jen Welter made history as the first female NFL coach. Now, she’s using her talents to help children during the pandemic through her new book series.
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.
Grandmaster Irina Krush survived a case of coronavirus in spring 2020. She used the same competitive mentality that made her a champion to overcome it.
Bill Walsh opened doors for minorities and his fellowship is helping female candidates. Current 49ers GM John Lynch is proud to be a part of an organization that supports women in sports.
Angela James was the first superstar of her sport, earning the nickname, “The Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey.”
Andrea Kremer has become the role model she always dreamed of and has proved to young girls around the world that they belong in the world of sports.
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!
The world of sports is coming together to recognize and pay tribute to #TheRealHeroes fighting on the frontlines during the global pandemic.
Alana Nichols is the only athlete to win gold in the summer and winter Paralympics. She now leads the preeminent women’s sports organization.
Mountain biker Kate Courtney is the first American to win the overall World Cup in 17 years and the fifth American woman in history.
Former Washington State University Athletic Director Joanne Washburn spent her time at WSU fighting for gender equality.
Sarah Hudek is just one of a few women to ever receive a collegiate baseball scholarship, but didn’t end her college career on the same baseball diamond.
Carol Hutchins, the winningest coach in NCAA softball and Michigan athletics history, knows more women belong in head coaching roles.
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.
Amidst an unconventional year, the 2020 ESPYs honored humanitarian efforts and athletes fighting for social justice rather than athletic performances.
In 2019, Lexie Laing became the third Laing sister to join the Boston Pride. She helped the Pride reach 18-0 on Denna Day, in honor of her oldest sister.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Weili Zhang put on a fight for the ages at UFC 248 in March 2020. The fight lasted five rounds and ended in a split decision.
Danielle O’Toole may have to wait to fulfill her dream of playing in the Olympics, but the former college star is improving her game at the professional level.
Sis Bates is a defensive wizard who has turned the college softball world into her own personal stage to show off her greatness.
Alyssa Nakken made MLB history when she joined the San Francisco Giants as a full-time coach in 2020.
Wounded during battle, Elizabeth Marks rises to win a Paralympic gold medal for the country she fought for.
Dr. Niki Williams gained mental toughness through team sports. Now she uses that agility to treat patients as an emergency room physician on the front lines during a global pandemic.
MMA fighter Jordan Kaaze left her life in St. Paul, Minnesota, to help fight the global pandemic in New York City in spring 2020 as an ICU trauma nurse.
Brandi Rhodes wants to level the playing field in the male-dominated sport of professional wrestling. So she created a community for female fans.
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.
Phyllis George paved the way for women as the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV Network.
A new scouting apprenticeship will help create more opportunities for women and Black, Indigenous, people of color in the NFL.