How Do Professional Sports Measure on Diversity?

Saturday, September 24
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Benjamin Franklin Meeting Room, Houston Hall
About this Session: Do professional sports exploit athletes of color? What does it feel like to be a gay player in the NHL, NFL or NBA? Have things changed over the years? This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities around diversity in pro sports, focusing on athletes and owners/managers. Our panelists will share their personal experiences on these topics. Presented by Penn Athletics

Featured Speakers

Ira Bowman W'96

Penn Men’s Basketball
University of Pennsylvania


former NBA player Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers
Ivy League Player of the Year (1996)

Nora Cothren

Northeast Regional Co-Chair
You Can Play Project?


Nora Cothren is an educator and ice hockey coach in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a B.A. in Education and Child Study. While at Smith, Cothren played ice hockey for the Pioneers all four years; serving as captain for a season and twice being named an ACHA 2nd Team All American. Since graduation, Cothren has been able to further grow her passion for creating safe sporting environments for all. She has worked with GO! Athletes for the past three years - serving on the Board of Directors since 2015. Nora is also a Co-Chair of the Northeast Regional Board for You Can Play

Honorable Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde

Municipal Court Judge
City of Philadelphia


Honorable Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde was elected Municipal Court Judge in 2007. She earned her Bachelor in Arts in Justice from American University and Juris Doctor Degree from Villanova University School of Law. On the second floor of U.S National Historic Site Joe Frazier's Gym, she practiced law and served as in-house counsel for Smokin' Joe Frazier Inc, for approximately 17 years. Judge Frazier-Lyde is a collegiate, martial arts and professional boxing Sports Hall of Famer. She is a Former Five-time Champion Boxer who began boxing at age 37. She won world championships in three different weight classes, as a knockout artist. Judge Frazier-Lyde and her father, Former World Heavyweight Champion Smokin' Joe Frazier are the First Father and Daughter World Champions in World Boxing History.

Clemson Smith Muñiz C'79, James Brister Society Member

MLB Network and HBO Sports


Former Co-Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvania, Clemson Smith Muñiz has traced an unusual arc in sports, evolving from English to Spanish, from print to broadcast, from being a minority journalist to being a pioneering broadcaster. He has been a sports writer for the Hartford Courant, the New York Daily News and El País of Spain; a TV broadcaster for ESPN International, los Yankees en español and los Mets en español; and a play-by-play announcer for los Knicks en español and Army en español on radio. Smith Muñiz, who earned four letters in Sprint Football and a degree in history at the University of Pennsylvania, currently broadcasts for los Jets en español, MLB Network and HBO Sports.

Collin D. Williams, Jr., Ph.D. C'10 GR'15

Assistant Director of Player Engagement
Baltimore Ravens


Dr. Collin D. Williams, Jr. most recently served as the Assistant Director of Player Engagement for the Baltimore Ravens. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, Research Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, and former ESPN, Deutsche Bank, and JPMorgan Chase intern. Collin earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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