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Sunday Scroll

From The Gist Team

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Welcome to The GIST’s Sunday Scroll, where we dive deep into one timely sports topic.

December is Universal Human Rights Month, and in its honor, we’re highlighting some of the fiercest moments of athlete activism.

  • From athletes using their platforms to draw attention to the ongoing fight for gender, racial, and LGBTQIA+ equality to taking a stand in the name of fostering progress, the following brave competitors are the ultimate game-changers.

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Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.

Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback. Source: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

— Colin Kaepernick, whose promising NFL quarterback career came crashing down after he started kneeling during the national anthem in peaceful protest of racial injustice in the U.S. throughout the 2016 season

The Scroll

🎾 Billie Jean King: Equal pay for equal play

Source: Leo Mason/Popperfoto via Getty Images

In 1972, tennis’ brightest star, Billie Jean King (BJK), was flying high. King closed the year by winning her second-straight U.S. Open, taking home $10K for first place — $15K less than the men’s singles top prize.

Just before Wimbledon in June 1973, King mobilized, gathering 63 of her fellow female tennis pros to create the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), uniting the group under one tour for the very first time and bolstering their power as a collective voice.

  • Led by BJK, threats to boycott the U.S. Open in September grew louder and louder — and that’s when Ban deodorant stepped in, donating enough money to the women’s purse to equal it to the men’s.

It took another 34 years, but by 2007, the other three tennis Grand Slams followed suit. What’s more, BJK’s fight for gender equality extends far beyond the tennis court. The legendary activist has supported countless other athletes and teams in their fights against discrimination, including the USWNT.

  • Following King’s example, the USWNT realized their best bargaining chip was their talent, so they threatened to boycott playing numerous times from the late nineties until 2022, when the team finally achieved equal pay. That’s right.

🏀 WNBA: Refusing silence in the fight against racism

Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

Following the 2020 murder of George Floyd, there was a global reckoning on racism, with Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests popping up around the world during a notoriously contentious and important American election year.

  • But months before Floyd’s death, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed by police inside her own home. When the WNBA returned to the court in July 2020, they dedicated their season to Taylor, lifting up the #SayHerName movement.
  • Shortly after, Kelly Loeffler, then a Republican Senator for Georgia and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, revealed her disdain for BLM and advocated for “less—not more politics in sports,” leading the WNBA Players Association to call for her ouster from the league.

The WNBA couldn’t force Loeffler to sell, so the players took matters into their own hands, focusing their attention on disrupting Loeffler's Senate campaign instead. The Dream donned VOTE WARNOCK shirts in support of her Democratic opponent, Raphael Warnock, who eventually won the hotly-contested election.

  • After she lost her seat of power in the American government, Loeffler sold her stake in the Dream. See you never.
Together with Morgan Stanley

🎾 Doubles duo of your dreams

Source: Morgan Stanley

Handling your finances can be more nerve-wracking than a big gameday. Luckily, Morgan Stanley is here to help. They recognize the barriers women face, both athletic and economic, so they partnered with the WTA to empower female tennis players on and off the court.

From forehand to backhand, personalized advice to financial education, Morgan Stanley has the women of the WTA (and beyond!) covered. Game, set, match made in heaven.

👊 Trans rights are human rights

Source: Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

Trans athletes’ participation in sports is under attack, from the youth level to the pros. In the U.S., hundreds of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills have been enacted, including many that target trans kids by preventing them from playing on teams that align with their gender identity. Devastating.

Ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Rapinoe made it clear her fight for trans youth participation will continue after her retirement, calling out people like former ESPN anchor Sage Steele and comedian Dave Chappelle, whose transphobic comments, Pinoe believes, “directly leads to violence” towards trans people.

👀 Zooming out

Source: The Guardian

The TL;DR? In spite of calls for pro athletes to “shut up and dribble,” sports and the fight for human rights are intrinsically linked.

  • Take the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, just one year ago. At least 6.5K migrant workers died building infrastructure for the tournament, which was awarded to a country that has committed numerous human rights atrocities. Make it make sense.
  • Qatar hosting was a blatant example of sportswashing, something numerous athletes and teams expressed discomfort with ahead of and during the event, casting a serious (and warranted) shadow on soccer’s biggest celebration.

As they have for decades, athletes will continue using their platforms to address these inequities. Fight on.

Together with Morgan Stanley

After revolutionizing women’s tennis on the court, WTA legend Chris Evert is still driving growth in the gals’ game off of it. Check out our interview with Evert discussing her work with Morgan Stanley to empower women to take control of their financial health. So in.

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🎾 How to take control of your finances

With Morgan Stanley. Along with offering world-class financial management services to WTA players through their What Moves You program, they’re also helping increase access to the game for athletes and fans. Multitasking done right.*

🎧 What to listen to

Our interview with legendary American marathoner Kathrine Switzer, who literally fought off the haters to become the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Paving the way for generations to come.

📺 What to watch

Netflix’s newest docuseries Under Pressure (out December 12th), chronicling the USWNT’s unsuccessful run on the pitch at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, their first international tournament since winning the decades-long fight for equal pay.

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Today's Crossword

Welcome back to another edition of crossword. Congratulations Larisa B, Genevieve, and Catie for receiving the highest scores in our last crossword about athletes and leagues who give back. Nice job!

Play again today and see how much you learned about athlete activism. We will update the leaderboard next week. Good luck.

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