We’ve got a special Women’s Sports Love List this month to celebrate Black History Month and some of the most incredible Black women in sports!
We’ve compiled a list of our favourite organizations, products, and businesses run by badass Black women in sports.
We know this isn’t anywhere near an exhaustive list of the incredible women making waves in the sports world, but these are our current favs. If you have a suggestion or want to get featured, tell us more here!
Instructions: Support the heck out of the following women.
That’s it, that’s all.
AMPLIFYING BLACK WOMEN IN SPORTS
The Black Sportswoman
The Black Sportswoman is run by journalist Bria Felicien and provides profiles, resources, and interviews and more centering Black women in sports and amplifying their incredible contributions to sports.
CONNECT WITH The Black Sportswoman:
Black Women in Sport
Black Women in Sport is a community dedicated to the “development and advancement of Black women professionals in all areas of the sports industry nationally and internationally” founded by Cara Wright Holdsclaw, PhD.
If you’re a Black woman in sports looking to connect with other Black women professionals, this is the community for you!
CONNECT WITH black women in sport:
Black Girl Hockey Club
Black Girl Hockey Club is literally changing the game. Dedicated to creating a space for Black women in hockey, Founder Renee Hess and the team at BGHC is making hockey more inclusive for Black women. BGHC is doing incredible work offering scholarships to young Black women to get them more involved in hockey and are working hard to educate the hockey community on how to truly make hockey for everyone.
Donate to BGHC here.
Purchase their merch here.
Take the Get Uncomfortable Campaign here.
Listen to BGHC on the her Soul Shot Podcast here.
All February profits from our I Belong in Sports stickers and masks will be donated to BGHC. Shop them here.
CONNECT WITH Black girl hockey club:
Black Women in Sport Foundation
Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) is nonprofit organization in Philadelphia that is working to make sure more Black women and girls are involved in sports in all capacities, including playing, coaching, and administration.
BWSF offers various events and programs for Black women in sport of all ages and areas of sport.
Donate to BWSF here.
CONNECT WITH BLACK WOMEN IN SPORT FOUNDATION:
BLACK-OWNED WOMEN’S SPORTS BUSINESSES
If you want to connect with other women in sports, learn from the best in the business, and level up your game to secure the sports career you’ve always dreamed of, the GladiatHers® Tribe is for you!
We’re fortunate enough to be a part of the GladiatHers® Tribe, created by GladiatHers® Founder, Cecelia Townes, and encourage any woman in sports looking to take her career game to the next level to join!
Join the GladiatHers® Tribe (or get more deets on the incredible perks) here.
CONNECT WITH GLADIATHERS®:
Founded by Ainka Jess, She’s4Sports is Ainka’s answer to seeing that women in sports weren’t getting the recognition they deserved.
Thanks to She’s4Sports, she can see herself in sports.
CONNECT WITH She’s4sports:
Yep, we’re also featuring this powerhouse woman again!
After 15 years working in the MLB, Jahaan Blake is now helping “high achieving women level up their career in the sports industry”. Jahaan offers incredible private and group coaching for women ready to hit their careers out of the park (see what we did there?).
We recently had the pleasure of talking to Jahaan on the her Soul Shot Podcast (episode coming SOON) and WOW! We are blown away by her incredible knowledge, experience, and mission to help other women in sports. The world needs like 5 million Jahaans!
She also hosts the Game of Her Own Podcast where she shares inspiration, advice, and interviews women at the top of their game in the sports industry. Listen here: https://jahaanblake.com/podcast/
CONNECT WITH JAHAAN:
16-year-old Alero Eribo is who we want to be when we grow up! At 14 years old, Alero and her family moved from Nigeria to Canada where she’s now playing hockey, running Hockey Girlz and going to high school—AT 16!
Hockey Girlz is an organization to empower girls in hockey and to provide resources and education specifically for girls and women in hockey.
Listen to Alero share her story on the her Soul Shot Podcast here!
CONNECT WITH HOCKEY GIRLZ:
BLACK-OWNED WOMEN’S SPORTS PRODUCTS
Not A Fan Store
CONNECT WITH NOT A FAN STORE:
Chic Sports is an apparel company celebrating women who love sports.
Grab your new game day tee and show the world that women love sports too.
CONNECT WITH CHIC SPORTS:
Jas It Up
You’re going to want to get your hands on these fire apparel pieces and accessories!
CONNECT WITH JAs it up:
Play Like A Girl Apparel
Play Like A Girl Apparel is not just a brand but a movement for women in sports.
Founder, Kelli created it for the women in sports who were told they were too much. You’ll find everything you need as a woman in sports—from apparel, to jewelry, to tumblers, and more!
CONNECT WITH PLAY like a girl apparel:
The apparel inspires people to be their #1 (being top 2 but not 2 is #1) and serves as a reminder to be the best version of yourself—we are here for it!
CONNECT WITH Top2 not2:
BLACK WOMEN IN SPORTS TO WATCH
If you’re not already following Blake Bolden, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING?
Blake Bolden has broken many barriers in hockey as both a player and now a scout with the LA Kings, including many firsts for Black women but her determination and work to make sure she’s not the last is nothing short of incredible.
With one of the hardest shots in hockey, Blake Bolden added another first when she became the first women’s hockey player to have her own stick deal compliments of Verbero Hockey (check them out here). Now, little girls can now dream of being their idol on the ice as they take slapshots with their very own Blake Bolden stick.
You’re gonna wanna keep an eye on Bolden as she continues inspiring girls and women to be bold.
CONNECT WITH blake BOLDEN:
Arielle (Ari) Chambers
If you’ve heard the words “The WNBA is so important”, you’ve heard of Arielle Chambers. This woman is an absolute powerhouse, creating a world where women and girls can see and achieve their potential.
Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in the 2021 Sports category, Ari is using her talents in the multi-media and online space to advocate for women and we are endlessly inspired by her.
Ari is the woman behind HighlightHER, a platform allowing women and girls to see it, and be it. HighlightHER recently reached 100k followers on Instagram, and if you’re not one of those 100k, GET ON IT.
CONNECT WITH Ari chambers:
Pepper Persley is NINE YEARS OLD and our favourite sports journalist (sorry, everyone else).
Pepper has her own show, Dish With Pepper and her own podcast, She Got Next where she covers women’s basketball and does a bajillion other events and panels with the top names in women’s sports to amplify and support women in sports.
At nine years old, she’s already taking over the women’s sports world and using her voice to better the world. The future is incredibly bright for Pepper Persley and we can’t wait to see where she goes.
CONNECT WITH Pepper persley:
Saroya Tinker grew up feeling like the game she loved wasn’t for her. Now, she’s changing the world so other Black girls who step on the ice know hockey is for them.
A former Yale Bulldog and current member of the Metropolitan Riveters, Saroya Tinker is using her voice to encourage others to get uncomfortable and have the conversations to end discrimination in hockey and beyond, providing mentorship to girls and women, and teaming up with Black Girl Hockey Club to make hockey a better and safer place for everyone.
Read her recent Players’ Tribune article here.
Listen to Saroya and BGHC Founder, Renee Hess discuss race and hockey here.