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Jackie Robinson Sports Award

Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA)

The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) is the first ever labor union for professional women athletes. It was created in 1998 to protect the rights of players and assist them in achieving their full potential on and off the court. The WNBPA serves as a resource for current players, while they are competing internationally during the offseason. Players are encouraged to participate in all Union activities – including executive leadership roles, team representative positions, and global community outreach and advocacy initiatives.

Last year, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and the WNBA signed a groundbreaking agreement that is on its way to charting a new course for women’s basketball – and women’s sports overall -with a focus on increased player compensation, expanded career development opportunities and resources specifically tailored to support professional women athletes. The transformational leadership of the WNBPA Board of Player Representatives and the WNBPA Executive Committee, demonstrates a new decade in all of professional sports, and it is the women of basketball who are leading.