WNBA pioneer and Olympic basketball player Lisa Leslie was a 3-time WNBA MVP. Her 11-year career with The Los Angeles Sparks concluded in 2009.
Leslie is a 4-time gold medal winner who went on to help build the WNBA. At 6 feet 5 inches, Leslie was the first woman to slam dunk in 2002. The all-star basketball player has graced the red carpet several times at the annual ESPY Awards. In 2013, she attended a BET Honors red carpet event at which she received an athletic award.
Sydelle Noel is no stranger to the red carpet. As an athlete, she glowed, but as Cherry “Junkchain” Bang on Netflix series “GLOW,” that is where she became known. She’s also known for her performances on “Black Panther” and “Arrow.”
The actress and model started out as an athlete. She was training for the Olympics and running track at the University of Georgia on a track scholarship. An injury sidelined her athletic aspirations and led her to her alternative career as a sports model and eventually as an actor.
Tennis champ Sloane Stephens shined on the ESPY Awards red carpet event in 2018, sporting a plunging red pantsuit. The American tennis athlete ranked number 3 following Wimbledon in 2018.
Stephens took the 2017 U.S. Open championship and won the WTA Comeback Player of the Year. After going pro in 2009, she made waves defeating Serena Williams at the 2013 Australian Open. She was just 19 when she began her rise to prominence.
Rose Namajunas is shown here in a fitted black gown with white beaded florals making an appearance at the 2018 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. The UFC fighter is number 3 in the UFC women’s ranking.
With the nickname “Thug,” Namajunas has been completive in MMA since 2010 as an amateur and began wrestling professionally in 2013. Besides the red carpet, she made a modeling appearance at New York Fashion Week in September of 2017, dressed in grey skinny jeans and a pink and grey T-shirt.
Astounding athlete Abby Wambach led the U.S. women’s national soccer team to two Olympic gold medals as well as a World Cup championship. She reigned from 2003 to 2005 as a forward and holds the all-time goal record. In 2012, she smashed another record being named FIFA World Player of the Year.
Her incredible accomplishment has brought her acclaim. She and her team were honored at the White House by President Obama. Wambach found herself on the red carpet at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, at the 2013 ESPY Awards, and at the Salute to Women in Sports Gala in New York City.