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Retired tennis star Serena Williams and Phoenix Mercury middle Brittney Griner had been honored by the NAACP Picture Awards on Saturday.
Williams acquired the Jackie Robinson Sports activities Award, which honors athletes who excel of their subject of play whereas additionally making efforts in areas like social justice and civil rights.
“I am extremely humbled to be amongst among the biggest names in immediately’s tradition, celebrating those that promote fairness by way of artistic endeavors,” Williams said on the ceremony. “Collectively, we’re a workforce of trailblazers, and we symbolize what is feasible, while you really imagine in your self, and your potential, and observe your life and fervour.”
Williams, 41, retired from tennis final 12 months. She is the tenth particular person to win the award, which has solely been given out sporadically since its introduction in 1988.
LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Williams are the one three athletes to obtain the honour within the twenty first century.
Griner was not formally given an award, however she was acknowledged and introduced onstage by host Queen Latifah. The Mercury star then addressed the gang, saying she needs to “combat to deliver dwelling each American detained abroad.”
Griner spent almost 10 months in a Russian jail after being arrested for possession of hash oil. President Joe Biden negotiated her launch with Russia as a part of a prisoner trade that came about in December.
Griner, who missed the 2022 WNBA season whereas detained, not too long ago re-signed with the Mercury for a one-year contract.