The 2017 Shadow League Awards- Big Sky Commissioner Andrea Williams

On July 1st, 2016, Andrea Williams made history when she was announced as the new Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference, becoming the first African American woman to lead a Div. 1 conference. She was our first honoree at the 4th annual Shadow League Awards, held on November 8th at Espace in New York City.

2017 Shadow League Awards- Andrea Williams

Andrea’s rise to the position of commissioner came through lots of travel, being an athlete, dedication and hard work. She comes from a military family, played basketball and volleyball at Texas A&M, worked her way up through the ranks of sports to the Big 10 and ultimately became the commissioner of the Big Sky conference. Another amazing and inspirational individual we were honored to have as a Shadow League Award recipient.


Since 2014, The Shadow League has honored and celebrated individuals in sports who excel and remove barriers outside the mainstream. In an industry that inspires us all to utilize our determination and strengths in a positive way, there are unsung heroes who have an impact on sports in ways that might not be covered on the nightly news, yet their impact resonates on the various courts, fields, and arenas and in boardrooms across America. Previous TSL honorees have included David Rone, former president of Time Warner Cable Networks and Time Warner Cable Sports; Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions; Christine Simmons, president and COO of LA Sparks; and Terence Crawford, unified light-welterweight champion.

Buicks partnership with The Shadow League has continued to grow over the past two years, including engagements during NCAA College Football and the Final Four..

This week has been a busy week for Buick as the brand just announced the debut of the Buick LaCrosse Avenir, Buicks highest expression of luxury, which is expected to arrive at dealers in early 2018. With the arrival of the 2018 LaCrosse Avenir, Buicks new sub-brand expands its offerings and provides a way for customers to experience the highest expression of Buick luxury.

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