Natasha Watley Speaks about How Sports Can Battle Racism
Natasha Watley is an Olympic gold medalist and former collegiate and pro softball player. Watley played softball at UCLA then went on to play professionally in both the United States and in Japan. During her professional career, she played for the US National Team and won gold medals in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics while hitting over .450 in both Olympic Games.
Watley, who played in a mostly white sport understands the struggle of being a black athlete. She talks about the importance of the long overdue conversations happening during this time, and a weight being slightly lifted off of her shoulders. Watley also encourages coaches to support and enforce these types of conversations about racial inequality to build better relationships and bring teams together.