Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Laurel Richie- First black woman to run pro sports league: WNBA



Congratulations to Laurel Richie and AAreports wishes her all the good luck in the world. George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

[ SOURCE ] On Thursady April 21,2011 Laurel Richie an African American woman was hired to be the WNBA ( Women's National Basketball Association ) president.

Richie's hiring is historic as she becomes the first black woman to be in charge of a professional sports league, a distinction she doesn't take lightly.

"I do take the notion of being a role model very seriously, a role model for women, a role model for African Americans," she said. "That is, in fact, a big reason of why this opportunity is so interesting and important to me."

Richie will take over on May 16. She intends to immediately visit teams around the country to familiarize herself with the league's owners, players and even fans. The WNBA season begins June 3.

"I absolutely plan on hitting the road," she said. "I start on the 16th and my bags are already packed. A priority for me is to really get into the market, to get to a game so that I can wipe that off my record, to really meet with players, meet with owners, meet with fans, meet with sponsors, meet with the media."

Richie's hiring is historic as she becomes the first black woman to be in charge of a professional sports league, a distinction she doesn't take lightly.

"I do take the notion of being a role model very seriously, a role model for women, a role model for African Americans," she said. "That is, in fact, a big reason of why this opportunity is so interesting and important to me."

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