Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike is currently serving as president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA). Since becoming the WNBA’s Madam President in 2016, Ogwumike’s leadership has charted a new legacy for women in sports. Ogwumike represents her current and future contemporaries by fighting to give players a fair share of league revenue. When comparing average NBA salaries for men to the women of the WNBA, the pay gap shows the lack of women’s economic security.
Four years after Ogwumike’s election as President, the WNBA and WNBPA announced that they have agreed on a new eight-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The agreement highlights significant increase in player salary and compensation, benefits, and an integrated marketing plan for all teams. This agreement will triple the maximum player compensation when comparing the previous deal due to the new 50-50 revenue sharing pact. Current top players will now be able to earn north of $500,000 while $200,000 for other lower top-tier players. Players will receive full salary will on maternity leave. Travel and offseason opportunities are featured enhancements highlighted by the CBA.
Why We Like It:
Nneka Ogwumike sought out to fight the status quo of the WNBA. Her leadership lead her to working diligently with other league leaders to reduce such a large pay gap. With such an investment by the WNBA, this new agreement will ensure that its players and the league itself will thrive. Through additional cash compensations, travel quality enhancements, and motherhood and family planning outlets, the league has backed its players and is now showing little girls and young women who play the game that its league is headed for a great future.
Five-year NBA vet, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson started the Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Foundation with the goal of helping students with the least available resources reach new heights through cutting-edge educational strategies and mental health awareness. With the focus of exposing students to coding and other technological fields, Hollis-Jefferson wants to provide an outlet for students that is not sports related. Hollis-Jefferson’s foundation’s main objective is to launch a nonprofit Charter School in his hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania.
Through building the foundation, Hollis-Jefferson is now in the process of launching his C.H.A.P Charter School. Hollis-Jefferson and his C.H.A.P. (Calm, Humble, and Patient) leadership team have applied to the local Chester school district to form the school with a plan to enroll fifth to eighth grade students by next fall. Start-up costs for the school will come from Hollis-Jefferson’s foundation, ensuring that students will be provided an innovative learning experience that will propel them towards success.
Why We Like It:
For the youth of Chester, Pennsylvania, educational resources and mental health development needs attention and care. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is providing that affection through the purpose of the C.H.A.P. Charter School. The school will seek to expose students to a new and refreshing educational curriculum. Providing a pathway for success for future students is inspiring, and with his charter school on the way, Hollis-Jefferson will be responsible for establishing a new wave of an enlightened youth coming out of the city of Chester, Pennsylvania.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a local nonprofit, was represented at The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) celebrity golf tournament on Feb. 14. The golf tournament offered cancer fighters a chance to golf and interact with Miami Dolphins executives, players, alumni and other celebrity guests. To kick off the tournament, the V Foundation announced it would award a $200,000 grant to support an early career investigator at Sylvester Cancer Center.
On the heels of the golf tournament, DCC executed its 10th annual Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which is a fitness event that benefits cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over 6,000 participants biked, ran, walked and volunteered in the event, which took place this February 29, 2020.
This event is a true partnership between nonprofits, the Miami Dolphins and key members of the Miami community. As it continues to expand, it shows the importance of using sports as a platform to raise money and awareness for social issues and causes. In the case of the DCC, the organization and the team are intertwined and continue to create impact in the cancer space over the past decade.