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Girls Talk Sports TV's Kristina Williams Joins WNBA's Media Space

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx spotlight the multi-sport journey of black women in this series, from seasoned athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives and more. Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.

Christina Williams has always been a basketball fan. Growing up in Harlem, she watched Shannon Bobbitt become a basketball superstar, eventually playing in the WNBA for the Los Angeles Spark, Indiana Fever and Washington Mystics. I witnessed it. “She was the best at what she did. I was like, ‘Okay, she can do it, I can do it,'” Williams says.

Determined to play, Williams pleaded with the middle school boys’ basketball coach to create a girls’ team. After playing a few years in her junior high school, Williams made headlines for her talent when she stepped onto the women’s varsity team at the famous nearby performing arts school known as LaGuardia High School. It was there that Williams was able to dig and perfect her on-court skills, and along the way she joined other women’s leagues.