BHM celebrates the athletes and African-American youth leaders who are harnessing the power of sport and making a positive change in their communities.
Meet the members of the Future Varsity program – a six-month program created to support leaders in African-American communities using sport to inspire change.
When Parker Montgomery steps on the court, she is defined by her passion, drive, and skill. But what truly sets Parker apart is what she does off the court. Parker is part of an LA Sparks Ambassador program that helps young girls connect to players and mentors, and also helps coach basketball clinics and support programs—equipping them with skills and creating access to sport. Parker’s work ethic and commitment are what make her a role model to her team and classmates. “I don’t think I chose basketball. I think basketball chose me.”
“If I had the power to change one thing in this world, I would change how women are viewed in sports.”– Parker Montgomery
Find out more about the other Youth Leaders that are using sport to promote change within their communities.
Future Varsity is a program designed to support, empower and enable youth leaders who are using sport to stand up for values, of equality, diversity and inclusion in their communities. We invite you to submit nominations for the next program.
Log in or create a NikePlus account to nominate a youth leader you know using sport to elevate their community.
Nike is proud to support numerous national and local organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth, including African-American youth, during the year, through mentorship, leadership development, coaching, city league sport programs, and other community initiatives.
The leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships, Nike has supported MENTOR to raise the profile of mentoring and expand into new parts of the U.S., connecting more volunteers to mentoring opportunities in their local communities.
Since 2017, PeacePlayers, with Nike’s support, has established programs in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles bringing young people together through the power of sport.