Amaiya Zafar, Teen Muslim Boxer from Minnesota
… for challenging USA Boxing rules and winning the right to compete in the ring wearing her hijab, long sleeves and leggings. She’s just the second U.S. athlete of the Muslim faith granted the right to wear a hijab, the first being fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad who competed for the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s Widow
… for her admission to MLB’s Hall of Fame and being awarded the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award for her ongoing efforts to promote equality through the Jackie Robinson Development Corp. and the Jackie Robinson Foundation which she founded. She and her late husband are the first husband/wife couple in the MLB Hall of Fame.
Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes, Lesbian UFC Bantamweight Champion
… for having a day named for her by Los Angeles City Council as they honored her for breaking stereotypes about what it means to be a lesbian Latina. Raised in Brazil, she became a pro MMA fighter in 2008.
Rio Olympic Organizers
for cost-cutting measures that have reportedly caused over 100 Olympic medals to disintegrate and rust, particularly the silver medals. The defective medals will be replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers. The local organizing committee still owes creditors around $30 million according to the Associated Press.