Monthly Archives: January 2005
n October 18th, 2005, New York Sharks Owner Andra Douglas received the Yolanda L. Jackson GiveBack Award at the 26th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. Ms. Douglas was presented the award by Women’s Sports Foundation founder Billy Jean King. This honor is awarded to an athlete who exemplifies what it means to be a role model and who understands the importance of “giving back.” A check for $1,000 will be donated by the Women’s Sports Foundation to the girls sports program of Ms. Douglas’ choosing. “I had no idea I was to receive this award. I was taken completely by surprise and incredibly honored to have been acknowledged in this way by an organization such as the Women’s Sports Foundation,” said Ms. Douglas.
The Female athletes in attendance represented 43 different sports ranging from archery to basketball and judo to wrestling – a powerful grouping of women showcasing the dynamics of muscles, beauty and attitude. Among the familiar faces were top athletes Tamika Catchings (basketball), Carly Patterson (gymnastics) and Mia Hamm (soccer). Celebrity award presenters included Soledad O’Brien, L.L. Cool J and Star Jones Reynolds. L.L. Cool J acknowledged the powerful energy around him as he faced the audience and said, “There are some amazing genetics in this room!”
Former WNBA star Kym Hampton was also honored for her achievement in the world of women’s professional basketball. Kym is an avid supporter of the New York Sharks as well as an active member of the Board of Directors of the Fins Up Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by Andra Douglas in 2003. The Fins Up Foundation supports and provides opportunities for young girls to participate in various sports, including football.
-by Dana Sparling
Pictured l to r are: Billie Jeak King, Andra Douglas, Yolanda L. Jackson