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Amreen Kadwa

Founder, Hijabi Ballers, Canada

Amreen set up the The Hijabi Ballers project, which recognizes, celebrates and empowers visibly Muslim women in sports through sharing their stories. As Kadwa has experienced first-hand, a hijab-wearing girl or woman playing sports is often met with shock or surprise. In July 2019, Hijabi Ballers held its third annual sports festival, welcoming almost 500 attendees, and continues to grow within the Toronto community and beyond. More recently, it inspired the Toronto Raptors to offer team-branded Nike Pro hijabs, making it the first team in the NBA to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women.