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Yahoo & Women’s Sports Foundation Presents #WeKeepPlaying

Live-stream featuring female sports icons discussing resilience & mental health for young athletes during COVID-19

Yahoo Sports and the Women’s Sports Foundation presents #WeKeepPlaying, which will bring together female sports icons to discuss resilience and mental health for young athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

#WeKeepPlaying will be live-streamed at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, April 11, 2020, exclusively on Yahoo Sports mobile app and YahooSports.com.

List of elite and influential athletes participating: 

Scout Bassett: A Paralympic track & field athlete and world record holder. She is the 2013 recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Travel & Training Fund grant.

Sabrina Ionescu: The first basketball player (female or male) in NCAA history with 2,000 points – 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds, and the all-time NCAA leader with 26 career triple-doubles. She will be entering the WNBA draft this month after most recently playing for the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Conference.

Katie Ledecky: A two-time Olympian in swimming who has won five Olympic gold medals, 15 world championship gold medals, and is the current world record holder in several events.

Carli Lloyd: A captain of the USWNT who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, two-time FIFA Player of the Year, and a three-time Olympian.

Kendall Coyne Schofield. An ice hockey star who was the first female in history to skate in the NHL skills competition. She is an Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist and current member of Team USA and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA.)

Katie Sowers: NFL assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, the first female and the first openly gay coach in history to be on the sidelines for the Super Bowl.

Chiney Ogwumike: A two-time WNBA All-Star for The Los Angeles Sparks and NBA analyst for ESPN. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Social rights activist, tennis pioneer and WSF founder Billie Jean King and special guest former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will also  join journalist and moderator Cari Champion, for an empowering and inspiring conversation

“Sports play a vital role in the mental and physical health of young athletes, so, as the global athletic community pauses its activity, it is more important than ever to have a candid conversation about the wellbeing of our youth,” said Guru Gowrappan, Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Media.

“Yahoo Sports is committed to connecting people to their passions, and providing fans with comprehensive access to sports content and commerce that they crave. We are proud to bring our audience content that addresses the needs of our young athletes during these unprecedented times.”

Thousands of young athletes across the world have been deprived of the many advantages and opportunities that sports provides them. The comradery and friendships built. The concepts of teamwork and practice. The mental stability sports provide for many kids, as well as the positive coaches and leaders that help shape lives and open up their eyes to the value of athletics beyond the playing field. 

“During this challenging time of COVID-19, we know that young girls all across the country cannot participate in sports or live out their passions on the field, court, ice, pool or anywhere they play sports,” said King. “Our Foundation is the ally and advocate for all girls and women: we know her, we cheer for her, we believe in her, and we are here for her. That is why we are bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls – and each other – during this unprecedented time.”

These women will share their own stories of personal resilience to engage and inspire young athletes across the globe. Viewers will be able to submit questions in the lead up to the live event via Twitter and Facebook by using #WeKeepPlaying.  

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