Sherryta Freeman, director of athletics, was named one of Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx‘s “100 influential Black women in sports.” The listing highlights the diverse journeys of Black women across sports, including athletes, coaches, and executives. In 2018, Freeman became the first Black woman to serve as the Lafayette College’s athletic director.

The article covers Freeman’s athletic upbringing, her successes as a collegiate athlete, and how in her current role she is focused on empowering Black college athletes and prioritizing the voices of the most overlooked and the most marginalized.

““We had mandatory diversity education training for everyone,” she told Sports Illustrated. “We were able to create spaces for conversations for our student-athletes, so that folks could say, This is what it’s like to walk through this world as a Black person. We also provided that space for our staff to say, Yes, I’ve been profiled. Yes, I get pulled over. To be able to articulate that to peers, coaches and coworkers—we need to have these spaces to uplift each other.”

Read the article in Sports Illustrated.

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