Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike wins 2021 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike has been named the recipient of the


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Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike wins 2021 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award


Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike has been named the recipient of the 2021 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today.

 

This is the third straight Sportsmanship Award for Ogwumike, making her the only player to win the award in three consecutive years.

 

The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is presented each season to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August 1999 after a seven-month battle with cancer.

 

Ogwumike received 19 votes from a national panel of 49 sportswriters and broadcasters. Atlanta Dream center/forward Elizabeth Williams finished second (eight). Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins and Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner (four votes each) tied for third place. Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles, Indiana Fever guard Danielle Robinson and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson all received three votes. Rounding out the votes were Connecticut Sun guard Briann January (two), Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (one), Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley (one), and New York Liberty guard Sami Whitcomb (one).

 

A member of the W25, Ogwumike has been an invaluable leader for the WNBA community. Over the last two years, Ogwumike, as President of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, has spearheaded a new and groundbreaking Collective Bargaining Agreement and led much of the league’s social justice efforts. She also previously won the 2018 season-long Community Assist Award for her dedication to community service efforts.

 

The six-time WNBA All-Star and former Most Valuable Player, Ogwumike led the Sparks with 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 18 games. Ogwumike is a five-time All-WNBA selection and won a championship with the Sparks in 2016. She was also named the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year, which followed her selection by Los Angeles as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft.

 

Below are the voting results for the 2021 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award and a list of all-time winners.

 

2021 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Results

 

Player

  

Team

 

 

Votes

 

 

Nneka Ogwumike

  

Los Angeles Sparks

 

 

19

 

 

Elizabeth Williams

  

Atlanta Dream

 

 

8

 

 

Ariel Atkins

  

Washington Mystics

 

 

4

 

 

Brianna Turner

  

Phoenix Mercury

 

 

4

 

 

Sylvia Fowles

  

Minnesota Lynx

 

 

3

 

 

Danielle Robinson

  

Indiana Fever

 

 

3

 

 

A’ja Wilson

  

Las Vegas Aces

 

 

3

 

 

Briann January

  

Connecticut Sun

 

 

2

 

 

Jewell Loyd

  

Seattle Storm

 

 

1

 

 

Allie Quigley

  

Chicago Sky

 

 

1

 

 

Sami Whitcomb

  

New York Liberty

 

 

1

 

 

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Winners

 

2021

 

 

Nneka Ogwumike

 

 

Los Angeles Sparks

 

 

2020

 

 

Nneka Ogwumike

 

 

Los Angeles Sparks

 

 

2019

 

 

Nneka Ogwumike

 

 

Los Angeles Sparks

 

 

2018

 

 

Sue Bird

 

 

Seattle Storm

 

 

2017

 

 

Sue Bird

 

 

Seattle Storm

 

 

2016

 

 

Tamika Catchings

 

 

Indiana Fever

 

 

2015

 

 

DeLisha Milton-Jones

 

 

Atlanta Dream

 

 

2014

 

 

Becky Hammon

 

 

San Antonio Stars

 

 

2013

 

 

Swin Cash

 

 

Chicago Sky

 

 

  

Tamika Catchings

 

 

Indiana Fever

 

 

2012

 

 

Kara Lawson

 

 

Connecticut Sun

 

 

2011

 

 

Sue Bird

 

 

Seattle Storm

 

 

  

Ruth Riley

 

 

San Antonio Stars

 

 

2010

 

 

Tamika Catchings

 

 

Indiana Fever

 

 

2009

 

 

Kara Lawson

 

 

Sacramento Monarchs

 

 

2008

 

 

Vickie Johnson

 

 

San Antonio Stars

 

 

2007

 

 

Tully Bevilaqua

 

 

Indiana Fever

 

 

2006

 

 

Dawn Staley

 

 

Houston Comets

 

 

2005

 

 

Taj McWilliams-Franklin

 

 

Connecticut Sun

 

 

2004

 

 

Teresa Edwards

 

 

Minnesota Lynx

 

 

2003

 

 

Edna Campbell

 

 

Sacramento Monarchs

 

 

2002

 

 

Jennifer Gillom

 

 

Phoenix Mercury

 

 

2001

 

 

Sue Wicks

 

 

New York Liberty

 

 

2000

 

 

Suzie McConnell Serio

 

 

Cleveland Rockers

 

 

1999

 

 

Dawn Staley

 

 

Charlotte Sting

 

 

1998

 

 

Suzie McConnell Serio

 

 

Cleveland Rockers

 

 

1997

 

 

Haixia Zheng

 

 

Los Angeles Sparks

 

 

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