Power of Sport Gala

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s gala and made the evening special! 

At The Institute for Sport & Social Justice, we believe in the transcendent power of sport to change the world. We unleash that power by educating, empowering, and inspiring individuals, organizations, and the global community to live their values by standing up for equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Our annual celebration –  the Power of Sport Gala – is a decades-long tradition of honoring changemakers who have used the platform of sport to impact the world. Former honorees include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robin Roberts, Allyson Felix, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Danny Wuerffel, Carmelo Anthony, Jordyn Wieber, Jackie Robinson, and many others. 

2023 Power of Sport Honorees

Hall of Fame: Billy Bean (official induction postponed to 2024) 
Excellence in Sport Journalism: Jemele Hill
Power of Sport: Olivia Pichardo
Power of Sport: Eli A. Wolff (posthumous) 
Power of Sport: Black Women in Sport Foundation Founders – Tina Sloan-Green, Dr. Nikki Franke, Linda Greene Esq, Dr. Alpha Alexander


Gala Sponsors

Hall of Fame Level

Power of Sport Level

National Football League logo

Social Justice Level

Major League Soccer logo

Katelyn Ohashi, Civic Leader Award

I am honored to be a Giant Steps Honoree as a civic leader. Sharing my stories of body shaming, and educating others about the damage it can do to young women in sports is detrimental. I hope I can help young people understand the importance of self-worth and to find their own voices within.