Paige Bueckers, point guard for UCONN Women’s Basketball program phenom won best college athlete in women’s sports at the 2021 ESPYS on Saturday in New York City. While she could have just gave a normal speech and accepted her award which was rightfully earned due to her skill set shown on the court; she decided to take a stance leveling the playing field for black women in sports media coverage.
During her speech she said, “With the light that I have now as a White woman who leads a Black-led sport and celebrated here, I want to shed a light on Black women,” said Bueckers, the reigning national player of the year. “They don’t get the media coverage that they deserve. They’ve given so much to the sport, the community and society as a whole and their value is undeniable.” She goes on to say, “I think it’s time for change. Sports media holds the key to storylines. Sports media and sponsors tell us who is valuable, and you have told the world that I mattered today, and everyone who voted, thank you. But I think we should use this power together to also celebrate Black women.”
Shout out to Paige and the black woman appreciates the stance you’ve taken in this moment.