The Los Angeles Sparks #WeAreWomen campaign began in 2015 in an effort to honor standout women and young girls in the Los Angeles community who share our goals of empowering the Los Angeles community and females of all ages. This year, we are honoring five women in 2020 who exemplify the following categories: Health & Wellness, Women & Girls Empowerment, Social Justice, Youth Sports, and Military/Veteran Affairs.
Thank you for joining us on Sunday, September 6th at 4PM PST for our We Are Women Award Ceremony and Pre-Game Show streamed live via Los Angeles Sparks Facebook and Twitter. Highlights to come!
Meet Our 2020 #WeAreWomen Winner
2020 Woman of the Year
KIMBERLE CRENSHAW: SOCIAL JUSTICE
Founder of #SayHerName movement. An American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality.
She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues.
Meet Our 2020 #WeAreWomen Finalists
LATONYA LUTER: MILITARY/VETERAN AFFAIRS
Master Chief Petty Officer Luter is celebrating 28 years of service, and has served internationally in Italy and Japan, and multiple tours in Virginia, and Florida.
As one of the highest ranking female officers in the US Navy, Master Chief Luter’s personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6), Good Conduct Medal (7), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2), as well as several other personal and unit awards.
KIM BEARDEN: WOMEN & GIRL’S EMPOWERMENT
An author and the cofounder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, in Atlanta.
Over the past ten years, over 50,000 educators from around the world have visited the Kim’s classroom at the Academy and have attended her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, promote academic rigor, and create a climate and culture that promote success.
CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW: HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Born and raised in Queens, NY, is a women’s basketball icon; A three time national champion at the University of Tennessee, 6 time WNBA All-Star, and Olympic Gold medal winner in the 2000 Sydney games.
Chamique is a mental health advocate and actively supports initiatives that optimize the mind, body, and spirit of individuals through mental health and wellness-focused programming.
LASANDRA DIXON: YOUTH SPORTS
An international basketball trainer committed to the development of young athletes both on and off the court. Coach “San” has made an impact on lives across the world through her organization “Defend Your Legacy”.
She serves as a great ally for the LA Jr Sparks as a lead trainer during camps and clinics.