This past Sunday, GladiatHers® was on hand for the 2017 WNBA Season Home Opener for the Atlanta Dream. In addition to being the home opener, it also marked the 10th Anniversary for the Dream. The excitement in McCamish Pavilion was electrifying. The Dream didn’t pull off a win against the Chicago Sky, but they gave fans a hard fought, well-played game that literally came within seconds of going into overtime. You should’ve been there.
We spoke with Skylar Diggins at the end of last year and she had a TON of great things going on. Three months later…she still has a TON of wonderful things going on. We’re still not sure how this lady manages to execute so many things and do it so well, but she does. Check out what’s been going on with Skylar as she gets ready for the start of the 2017 WNBA season.
World-class athletes don’t really owe the world anything. Like you and I, they’re free to live their lives as they please. But some world-class athletes choose to go the extra mile. These audacious athletes choose to chase greatness in every part of their lives. They give of their precious time and talents to foster businesses and relationships that extend far beyond their athletic feats. Sklyar Diggins is that kind of athlete. The two-time WNBA All-Star, 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player and 2015 ESPY Winner dedicates just as much time to her life off the court as her life on the court. She is on the Board of Directors of the GenYouth Foundation, runs the Skylar’s Scholars program, participates in various basketball camps and is the author of a children’s book. She does it all on top of grueling training, intense games, modeling, media tours, family and friends. Yeah, Skylar has the audacity to believe that she can do it all and we love watching her do it. We had the privilege to catch up with her to find out what she has going on, how she balances her hectic life and what she thinks about some of the major issues involving women in sports. Take a look at what she had to say…
Right now it may be difficult to avoid thinking about how racism and sexism continue to permeate American society. But in the midst of political and social upheaval, it’s so very important that we also focus our energy on women and people of color who are winning in spite of powers hell-bent of their suppression. So today we bring you the story of and interview with LaChina Robinson. LaChina is a former standout Wake Forest basketball player. After a successful career in college basketball, LaChina transitioned into sports broadcasting. With a laser focus on expanding the coverage of and respect for women’s basketball, LaChina has firmly cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is a reporter and analyst for NCAA and WNBA basketball with the ESPN family, FOX Sports and NBA TV; and she hosts espnW’s “Around the Rim” podcast. Beyond talk of women’s basketball, LaChina is a woman of substance. As she grows her brand she is careful to offer a helping hand to those who come after her and quick to credit her success to a higher power. Meet LaChina Robinson.
We’re closing out the month of September with our GladiatHer® Wives feature! It’s no secret at all how we feel about women and sports; we believe women play vital roles in sports and should be given more opportunities to show their capabilities. Today’s GladiatHer® Wives feature, Danisha Rolle, feels the same way, and for the past eight years she’s been working to make the connection between women and sports even stronger. As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, Danisha is showing the world exactly how vital women are in the sports industry. Have a look at what Danisha has to say:
If you read this blog with any sort of regularity, and by now you definitely should be, you know that I played sports for practically my entire childhood and until I graduated from college. I played tennis through college, ran track until I got to college and played soccer up until I got to high school. Last week, Megan Rapinoe, women from the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury and other women in sports took knees during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustices in the United States. Watching these women and reading the comments sections (note to reader: never read the comments section) under articles about these women took me back to the days where my athletic prowess was on fleek. What dawned on me was that I don’t ever remember having the National Anthem played or flag raised at any of my events. Now maybe my 32-year-old mind is leaving out an occasional occurrence, but I can say with absolute certainty that it was nowhere near routine for the National Anthem to be played or flag to be acknowledged at the tennis matches, track meets or soccer games that I played in from my childhood to early adulthood. But the way Americans have reacted to a handful of athletes kneeling for the Anthem suggests that reverence for Old Glory before sporting events is a time-honored, almost mandatory tradition. So how was I robbed of such a large part of American culture for so long?
The Olympics have come and gone. I must say, aside from Ryan Lochte’s full-on frat bro display of stupidity and utter disrespect, I enjoyed what I saw. I was unquestionably entertained and inspired. I actually think that it’s the inspiration piece that really makes the Olympics so great. Not only are athletes providing entertainment and bragging rights, but they’re using their lives’ work to inspire and teach millions of people. That’s why we wait in anticipation and watch without flinching every four years; we want to be inspired and be taught to be better than we were yesterday. Through the Olympics we learn about true perseverance, love, dedication and talent. We learn just how much each athlete has to give up for the opportunity to represent their country, and we’re inspired to give a little more of ourselves.