These days, there seems to be a “day” for everything. There’s a National Dog Day, National Coffee Day, even National Taco Day. Well, it just so happens that today is National Boss Day, and whether you like your current boss or not, we’ve compiled a list of seven athletes that we at Excelle Sports think would make great bosses:
- Aly Raisman
Raisman has become a positive force both within her sport and outside of it, speaking out against bullying, so we know she would cultivate a welcoming work environment. Plus, the six-time Olympic medalist has leadership experience — she was the most senior member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the last two Olympics and could often be seen giving pep talks to her teammates. Her book “Fierce” is set to come out Nov. 14, so if anything, she could replace me at Excelle at any moment as well.
- Megan Rapinoe
No one can forget Rapinoe’s cross to Abby Wambach against Brazil in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. A staple on the U.S. National Team, Rapinoe is also vocal when it comes to her beliefs. She is an advocate for a number of LGBT organizations and became the first non-black professional athlete to kneel in protest during the national anthem in September 2016.
- Diana Taurasi
Taurasi’s resume speaks for itself. Leading scorer in WNBA history. Three-time NCAA champion at UConn. Three-time WNBA champion with the Phoenix Mercury. Four Olympic gold medals. A fiery competitor on the court, Kobe Bryant dubbed her the “White Mamba.” Needless to say she’s a straight shooter both on and off the court.
- Missy Franklin
One of the most infectious personalities in swimming, Franklin has a positive outlook to go along with her killer backstroke. To top it off, she already has shown off some management skills by organizing the now-classic 2012 Call Me Maybe lip-sync video.
- Hilary Knight
The all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin women’s hockey history, Knight has been a leader and producer at every stop of her career thanks to slick mitts and a tireless work ethic. She’ll be looking to lead the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal since 1998 when she takes the ice in PyeongChang in a few short months.
- Venus Williams
What hasn’t Williams done in the sport of tennis? She has won seven grand slam titles, including five at Wimbledon, won 14 grand slam doubles titles with her sister, Serena, and continues to be one of the most dominant players in the sport at age 37. Battling back from numerous injuries throughout her career, her toughness and grit are unquestionable. But it’s her kindness and grace, even in the face of defeat, that impress us the most.
- Claressa Shields
Shields is one of the most accomplished female boxers and she is only 22 years old. She has won two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the Middleweight division in 2012 and 2016, and is currently the Unified WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion after only four professional fights. Not to mention she has used her success as a platform to try and institute change by working with the non-profit Up2Us Sports to help out girls in low-income areas.