WNBPA puts together “Super team” including political figure Stacey Abrams to create Board of Advocates
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association announced their collaboration with the Board of Advocates, a group of industry leaders in business, politics, entertainment, media, and sports.
“As the first labor union to represent women professional athletes, we are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Board of Advocates,” said Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBPA President Nneka Ogumike.
Stacey Abrams is one of the 14 members of the newly founded Board of Advocates.
Abrams is a former minority leader in Georgia’s House of Representatives from 2007-2018.
In 2008, Abrams became the CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm that helped play a role in bringing the Dream to Atlanta.
Among the leaders in the world of sports on the Board of Advocates are former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse and Naismith Hall of Fame Inductee Alex English.
According to the WNBPA, “union leadership specifically the WNBPA Executive Committee, identified each board member to share their guidance and unique perspective in support of the WNBPA’s efforts to create meaningful changes in the working conditions of the world-class athletes who play in the WNBA.”
Of those meaningful changes, the Board of Advocates will help guide the WNBPA union and WNBA as they work to construct a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) before the 2020 season.
Both the Board of Advocates and WNBPA utilize the saying “Bet on Women”, a message that not only caters to women in the world of sports, but women in all working professions.
“The WNBPA’s rallying cry for us and working women around the world is “Bet on Women”- a message reinforced and embodied by each member of the board,” said Ogumike.
The move by the WNBPA was also appreciated by members of the W, such as Indiana Fever forward Natalie Achowna who tweeted “Big Moves Only! thank you to everyone on our new @theWNBPA Board of Advocates for believing and stepping up for us!! #BetonWomen”
Aside from Achonwa, numerous other individuals in the WNBA expressed their solidarity with the WNBPA and Board of Advocates by Tweeting everything from emojis that represent “job well done”, to words of encouragement in regards to the future of the WNBA, WNBPA and Board of Advocates.
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