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WNBA Sparks' Ogwumike on league's commitment to social activism

WNBA Sparks F and WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike reflected on how the league has solidified its position as a "leader for activism in sports," and how players are "staying in the fight even after the 2020 ballots have been counted," according to Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the L.A. TIMES. Ogwumike said, "We're a league of Black women, so everything that we experience is political or has social implications to our existence. We want to continue to live by that and serve those that are looking for direction or looking for support." She added, "We really struck a chord in a way that was just beautiful." As WNBA players are celebrated for their advocacy off the court, Ogwumike "feels there is also growing interest in the league." She said, "We don't do it because it's trendy. We educate ourselves and we try our best to do what we can to push that dial, to be on the right side of history and to make progress, so all we ask is for everyone else to do the same" (L.A. TIMES, 6/19).

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