Rule Breakers We Love: SportsPerson of the Year Serena Williams

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photo cred: Sports
photo cred: Sports
After an insanely successful year, Serena Williams was named Sports Illustrated  2015 SportsPerson of The Year. Let’s read that again–SportsPerson. of.the.Year, NOT Sports Woman of the Year.  And I couldn’t be more in awe of this trailblazer.The courage she continues to show both on and off the tennis court– despite color and body shaming haters  is simply mindblowing.

Williams is the first single female athlete to win the award since 1983. And she’s also become the first African American female athlete to win the award. While accepting her award at the Sports Illustration Award Dinner–here’s what the rulebreaker had to say:

I’ve had people look down on me. I’ve had people put me down because I didn’t look like them—I look stronger. I’ve had people look past me because of the color of my skin. I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman. I had critics say I will never win another grand slam when I was only at number seven and now here I stand today with 21 grand slam titles and I’m still going.

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