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Today we released the 2016 WNBA racial and gender report card, which shows that the WNBA continues to be by far the best of all leagues in racial and gender hiring practices. Parris Campbell Colts Jersey .I speak at many events across the country on the importance of whom we listen to and who advises us. I address many social justice issues facing young people today and conclude that if there were more women and people of color in leadership positions, I am confident that we would focus more on issues like racism, violence, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, drug abuse, child abuse and human trafficking. In that context, I am, of course, speaking about those holding public office and in positions that can influence how we deal with those issues.I believe that also applies to our leagues and teams in the world of sports. More diverse and inclusive leaders would help them address issues they are often confronting.When we write the racial and gender report cards on Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, Major League Soccer, college sport and the WNBA, our primary goal is to call attention to areas needing improvement in order to provide more opportunities for women and people of color in professional sports. While the grades for racial hiring practices have improved in most of those report cards over the years, the grades for gender hiring practices lag behind significantly. Even the NBA, the most progressive league in mens sports, fails to get an A for gender hiring practices. The most recent gender hiring practice grades for the leagues and colleges are as follows: NBA: B, NFL: C-plus, MLB: C/C-plus, MLS: B; college sport: C-plus.The WNBA, on the other hand, has achieved at least an A for gender hiring for the past decade.Im sure many will respond well, the WNBA is a womens league, but such gender equality in leadership positions is not always the norm, even in when it comes to womens sports. More than 60 percent of all womens college teams are coached by men and nearly 50 percent of all assistant coaches of womens college teams are men.Additionally, the WNBA continues to be an industry leader in several areas in addition to gender hiring. This year marked the 20th season of the WNBA, and it was capped by the diversity exemplified by the 2016 WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks organization includes an owner of color in Earvin Magic Johnson, a female of color as president and COO in Christine Simmons, and a female of color at general manager in Penny Toler, showing that the Sparks are not only champions on the court, but are championing for diversity and inclusion in the front office.We released the report Wednesday with the WNBA earning an A-plus overall and an A-plus for racial hiring and an A for gender hiring in 2016. I was the primary author of the report with co-authors Kirsten Nieuwendam, Erin Davison and Caryn Grant.This years report saw increases in the people of color holding professional level staff positions at the league office (26.1 percent), team vice president positions (11 percent) and team professional administration positions (33.4 percent). Increases in women holding assistant coach positions (56.5 percent), team vice president positions (26.6 percent) and team professional administration positions (44.4 percent) were also noted.However, there are certainly some areas that need improvement. The percentage of women holding senior team administrator positions decreased to 24.4 percent, the lowest in a decade and earning a D-plus for this category, and women holding team vice president positions remained low at 26.6 percent earning a C. Additionally, in a league in which 75.5 percent of players are people of color, the WNBA also received a B-plus for general managers of color (18.2 percent, the lowest since 2007) and a B-minus for team vice presidents of color (11 percent) despite increasing over the past three season.But overall the WNBA is the best. Led by new president Lisa Borders, the WNBA continues to lead the way in terms of racial and gender diversity amongst all professional leagues. The WNBA again received the highest number of As as well as the lowest number of grades below an A in all categories compared to mens professional leagues. Borders, who had been vice mayor of Atlanta and president of the city council, became WNBA president in February.Such an example is set at the league level. The WNBA receives high marks annually for its diversity initiatives for employee learning and development, recruitment, supplier diversity and community relations. The WNBA made history alongside the NBA as the first professional sports leagues to march in and include a float in the NYC Pride March on June 26.Even with the best record in sports in terms of racial and gender hiring, it is important that the WNBA does not stop striving for improvement. While the WNBA received an A-plus for gender hiring of head coaches this season based on having more than 40 percent of those positions held by women, still less than half (41.7) of the 12 teams in this womens league are being coached by female head coaches. As the WNBA continues to be the lead the way for professional sports organizations and we seek to see the other leagues make strides in this direction and eventually display the positive consistency demonstrated here, we should never stop encouraging our sports leagues and other organizations with such power and social influence, to strive for greater inclusion and diversity efforts. I am glad that WNBA takes this challenge to heart.Richard E. Lapchick is the chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida. Lapchick also directs UCFs Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, is the author of 16 books and the annual racial and gender report card, and is the president of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport. He has been a regular commentator for ESPN.com on issues of diversity in sport. Follow him on Twitter @richardlapchick and on Facebook at facebook.com/richard.lapchick. Kenny Moore Youth Jersey . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. Margus Hunt Colts Jersey .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. http:///...hooker-colts-jersey/ . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. 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A supporter rally to protest North Melbournes decision to axe Brent Harvey didnt eventuate on Saturday night.A Facebook page called Save Boomer Harvey was set up after Wednesdays announcement the club would not offer Harvey, Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo contracts for next season.About 2000 people registered to attend the event, which was to occur at gate seven at Etihad Stadium before the Roos clash against Greater Western Sydney.However, an organiser called it off hours before it was due to start, citing the wishes of the players.Supporters filed into the venue through gate seven without incident and stadium management werent aware of any protests taking place.Harvey and Firrito took to social media on Thursday amid a supporter backlash to assure fans they still loved the club despite their disappointment at the decision.Petrie spoke to reporters on Friday and voiced his displeasure at the supporter aanger directed at coach Brad Scott and the planned protest action. Marvin Harrison Colts Jersey. The only part Id like to change is the unfair way that Brads been treated in the last three days, Petrie said.The way the medias reported this decision and the backlash from small pockets of North Melbourne people has been poor and Im really disappointed that thats the case.Ive heard a few whispers about bits and pieces that might go on (on Saturday night).That would be the minority - 99 per cent of North fans are rippers. We had a great turnout at training and those small pockets can hang their heads in shame if they decide to behave like (that).An online petition calling on North to reverse their decision and award Harvey a one-year contract extension had gathered just more than 4200 signatures by Saturday evening. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College JerseysCheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '