Women's History Month is held annually in March to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Up2Us Sports works with five female ambassadors who have all made their mark on their respective sports, and each hold a small - or in some cases, large - piece of history.
Women's History Month is held annually in March to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It started with the first International Women’s Day in 1911, grew to National Women’s History Week in 1980 and was officially recognized in it’s current form in 1988. We believe that sports history is also worth celebrating this month, particularly the historic and impactful achievements of female athletes. They have been winning medals, setting records, and smashing the glass ceiling for decades. Up2Us Sports works with six female ambassadors who have all made their mark on their respective sports, and each hold a small - or in some cases, large - piece of history.
Up2Us Sports is excited to announce that Sugar Rodgers, a shooting guard for the New York Liberty, has been named the organization's newest Ambassador. The Georgetown University graduate is currently in her third season with New York and fourth season overall, after being drafted 14th in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She had a stellar collegiate career as a four-year starter for the Hoyas, leading them to three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The three-time Honorable Mention All-American finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in scoring (2,518) and three-pointers made (346).
In a piece Rodgers wrote for The Players' Tribune,she opened up about growing up in poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, and talked about how she overcame those obstacles with the help of sports. By serving as an Ambassador with Up2Us Sports, Sugar will connect with youth who are experiencing a similar upbringing and encourage them to persevere and look to sports - and their coaches - for guidance. Her hope is to be seen as an example of how it is possible to overcome the odds and make it out.
Rodgers is off to a red-hot start this season and currently leads the league in 3-point field goals made. She sits second on the Liberty in points per game and minutes per game behind her MVP-candidate teammate, Tina Charles. Earlier this month, Sugar was named to the USA Basketball Women’s Select Team, which will train alongside the USA Women’s National Team before they head to the Rio Olympic Games.