When Covid-19 led to a nationwide lockdown in March, shutting down competitions, stadiums, arenas, gyms and even local tracks and trails, it seemed we were headed for a year in which sports no longer mattered. Members of Forbes 2021 30 Under 30 in Sports reminded us why they still do, maybe more than ever.
The May release of the eight minute and 46 second video chronicling the killing of George Floyd sparked athletes, teams and leagues to rush off the sidelines to speak out about police brutality against the Black community and participate in protests demanding police reform. They didn’t stick to sports.
Natasha Cloud, the 28-year old star of the Washington Mystics, was among the first to lead the charge. She opted out of the WNBA season and forewent her salary to raise awareness for social justice issues and the fight for racial equality, telling Forbes she prayed