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TSL Leadership Series: Christine Simmons

The TSL Leadership Series focuses on men and women of color who are blazing a trail through the world of sports.

The TSL Leadership Series focuses on men and women of color who are blazing a trail through the world of sports. Athletes, coaches, executives and media personalities are some of those who are leading the charge and driving success both on and off the field of play.

When Christine Simmons arrived at UCLA as a student, her plan was to be a pre-med major. But she soon realized, through her work as a leader in a number of student organizations, that her passion lied elsewhere.

The current President and Chief Operations Officer of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA franchise brings an energy and commitment to diversity while directing and coordinating all aspects of the team’s business operations. Simmons is not only one of the brightest young voices in the sports business world, she’s determined to utilize the platform that she’s earned through her intelligence, hard work and networking to advocate for communities of color. Her mission is to assist in the elevation of the disempowered and disenfranchised.

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As a working mother and woman of color, her example and leadership is an inspiration to many. The Shadow League sat down with her out in Los Angeles to hear about her journey, the Sparks’ 2016 WNBA Championship (their third title), what’s important to her and where she’s going from here.  


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Alejandro “Ali” Danois is the Editor-in-Chief of The Shadow League. His features “Humble Beginnings”, and “Rocky Flop” were mentioned in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology as among the country’s most notable stories of 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Ali is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Boys of Dunbar, A Story of Love, Hope and Basketball, and he served as a Producer on the ESPN Films 30-for-30 documentary “Baltimore Boys”.

Follow him on twitter @alidanois