University of Connecticut women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers used her acceptance speech Saturday at the ESPYs to call for more attention on her black counterparts.
“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,” Bueckers said in her acceptance speech for winning the Women’s Collegiate Athlete of the Year award. “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.”
“To all the incredible Black women in my life, on my teams. To Breonna Taylor and all the lives lost. To those names I have not yet learned but I hope to share — I stand behind you and I will continue to follow you and follow your lead and fight for you guys.”
— Paige Bueckers pic.twitter.com/uhGiMAYHSu
— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2021
Bueckers also said the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), a league where players have used their platform over the past year to raise awareness about racial injustice, didn’t get enough attention from sports media outlets.
“Sports media holds the key to storylines. Sports media and sponsors tell us who was valuable, and you have told the world that I mattered today, and everyone who voted, thank you,” Bueckers said. “But I think we should use this power together to also celebrate Black women.”
The UConn guard also took time at the end of her speech to mention prominent Black women.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Olafimihan Oshin