WNBA Earns "A" for Diversity

Sports league lauded for hiring women, minorities.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Wonder who scores when it comes to putting women and minorities on its roster? The win goes to the WNBA.

ESPN says the women’s basketball league earned an “A” grade this week for diversity in an annual report from the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

It’s the eighth time the WNBA has received the grade since 2001, according to the sports network, which notes that in June the NBA also was handed an "A."

The report shows women and minorities hold 76 percent of professional-level positions in the women's basketball league, ESPN says, adding that the WNBA's president, Laurel J. Richie, is the first minority woman to be named to that position in a pro sports organization.

In other WNBA news, we have to give a cheer to former New York Liberty phenom Rebecca Lobo, who was inducted into the Liberty’s "Ring of Honor" this week, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot, 4-inch Olympic gold medal winner, now an ESPN analyst, was voted in by fans. She dedicated the evening to her mother, RuthAnn Lobo, who died of breast cancer last month.

An A+ athlete, for sure.

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First Published August 11, 2011

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