Women of color in the analysis and sideline reporting world of sports is a serious rarity. However, 28-year-old Ros Gold-Onwude is helping to make it commonplace. The former college basketball star-turned-sideline reporter for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area has been leading the coverage of the Golden State Warriors and is making headlines for her amazing work. Not to mention, she’s garnered social media shout outs from Drake who gushed about meeting her and even out-shot Lebron James in a game of Pig. Yeah, she’s that chick!
So much so that NBC News featured the Stanford University grad and former Pac 10 defensive player of the year for NBCBLK28, their new initiative that highlights 29 millennials, all under the age of 28, that break stereotypes and redefine what it means to be black in America today in honor of Black History Month.
“As a women of color in sports broadcasting, I want to do good work and have a positive, visible influence,” Ros said. “I hope other young women will look at what I’m doing and realize they too could have a career in sports media if they desire.”
This summer, Gold-Onwude will travel to Rio de Janeiro to report for the Olympic Games where she hopes to see more reporters that look like her covering the competition, offering, “I’m very comfortable in my own skin and I believe in uplifting others. I don’t think there’s room for only one black female analyst in basketball. Why does it have to be a competition?”