Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike has been named the recipient of the 2020 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today. This is the second straight Sportsmanship Award for Ogwumike, who joins Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (2017, 2018) as the only players to earn the honor in consecutive years.
The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is presented each season to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August 1999 after a seven-month battle with cancer.
Ogwumike received 21 votes from a national panel of 46 sportswriters and broadcasters. New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon (11 votes) and Atlanta Dream center/forward Elizabeth Williams (seven) finished in second and third place, respectively. Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins (three), Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray (two), Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (one) and 2020 WNBA Most Valuable Player A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas (one) also received votes.
A nine-year WNBA veteran, Ogwumike has served as President of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association since 2016. As part of the dedication of the 2020 WNBA season to social justice, the league and State Farm named all WNBA players as the recipients of the 2020 season-long WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for their continued commitment, leadership and collaborative efforts to promote racial equality and systemic change. Ogwumike also won the season-long award in 2018 for her dedication to community outreach.
In the 2020 WNBA season, Ogwumike averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18 games. The six-time WNBA All-Star was honored as the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2016, when she led the Sparks to the WNBA championship. She was also named the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year, which followed her selection by Los Angeles as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.
“The 2020 WNBA season is dedicated to Breonna Taylor and combatting systemic racism, sexism and other social injustices. It’s an honor to receive the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award which I believe this year represents all the hard work from the players on and off the court to use our collective platform to enact change,” Ogwumike said on receiving this award.
2020 KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD VOTING RESULTS
|Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks||16|
|Layshia Clarendon||New York Liberty||11|
|Elizabeth Williams||Atlanta Dream||7|
|Ariel Atkins||Washington Mystics||3|
|Allisha Gray||Dallas Wings||2|
|Napheesa Collier||Minnesota Lynx||1|
|A’ja Wilson||Las Vegas Aces||1|
KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
|2020||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2019||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2018||Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|2017||Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|2016||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2015||DeLisha Milton-Jones||Atlanta Dream|
|2014||Becky Hammon||San Antonio Stars|
|2013||Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings||Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever|
|2012||Kara Lawson||Connecticut Sun|
|2011||Sue Bird, Ruth Riley||Seattle Storm, San Antonio Stars|
|2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2009||Kara Lawson||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2008||Vickie Johnson||San Antonio Stars|
|2007||Tully Bevilaqua||Indiana Fever|
|2006||Dawn Staley||Houston Comets|
|2005||Taj McWilliams-Franklin||Connecticut Sun|
|2004||Teresa Edwards||Minnesota Lynx|
|2003||Edna Campbell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2002||Jennifer Gillom||Phoenix Mercury|
|2001||Sue Wicks||New York Liberty|
|2000||Suzie McConnell Serio||Cleveland Rockers|
|1999||Dawn Staley||Charlotte Sting|
|1998||Suzie McConnell Serio||Cleveland Rockers|
|1997||Haixia Zheng||Los Angeles Sparks|