A graphic of a quote and headshot of Dawn Staley, an Olympic gold medalist and women's basketball head coach.
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People to Follow in 2021: Coach Dawn Staley

Why this matters

Coach Dawn Staley is making an impact on and off the court speaking out for racial justice and allowing space for her players to have a voice. Something that not everyone welcomed in her community.

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“I’m open to have those uncomfortable conversations if they’re going to lead to systemic change, if they're going to lead to long term solutions.”

Dawn Staley is an Olympian, WNBA All-Star, and the head coach of the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team. When she spoke out against racial injustice and ineffective diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, she was widely criticized. But she’s determined to keep using her voice to advocate for systemic change and set an example for her team and community and joined her team at a protest for racial justice in 2020. Read Dawn's article, Black People Are Tired, in the Player's Tribune.

Follow Coach Dawn Staley on Instagram (@Staley05) and on Twitter (@DawnStaley)

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Predictions & Provocations for Sport: 2021

Although no one could have predicted all that 2020 has been, what lessons will the world of sport take into next year?

We asked some of the best and brightest minds to contribute their thoughts.