The WNBA and WNBPA have announced the launch of their Social Justice Council as well as a platform to amplify their players’ voices. The following is from the WNBA’s announcement on their efforts to impact social justice:
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) today announced the launch of a new platform, The Justice Movement, and the creation of the WNBA/WNBPA Social Justice Council. The collaborative efforts of the League and the Players Association represent an unprecedented and bold new commitment to advancing social justice by the longest standing U.S. sports league for women, as well as the first labor union for professional women athletes. The mission of the Social Justice Council is to be a driving force of necessary and continuing conversations about race, voting rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and gun control amongst other important societal issues.
WNBA announces a 2020 season dedicated to social justice with games honoring the Black Lives Matter movement and the #SAYHERNAME campaign.
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 6, 2020
The WNBA recently announced their 2020 season will take place in its entirety at Florida’s IMG Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will feature a heavy influence from the movements that have erupted in response to incidents of racial injustice and police brutality.