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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

, USA

Athlete activist Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir was presented with the Leadership in Sport Award at the 2017 Beyond Sport Global Awards in New York City, and subsequently spoke on panels at Beyond Sport United and Beyond Sport Mexico. Bilqis is the first Muslim woman to play covered in collegiate basketball, however, she was unable to go pro due to a FIBA ruling preventing those wearing the hijab to play. She advocated against the ruling, providing a voice for all those facing inequalities and stood up for what she believed was the right thing to do, successfully overturning the ruling last year. Bilqis started an online campaign called “Muslim Girls Hoop Too” to raise awareness for Muslim women in sports with an emphasis on female basketball players.