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Davis, Shani (b. August 13, 1982) is a speed skater who competes in both short track and long track speed skating. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual sport (1,000-m) and the fifth black Winter Olympics medalist. He also won the silver in the 1,500-m.

Evans, Damon is the Athletic Director (AD) at the University of Georgia (UGA). As of 2006, the UGA Athletic Association is comprised of 19 intercollegiate teams, over 500 student-athletes, a $65 million budget and a 250 person staff. For fiscal 2005, the Athletic Association had the largest operating profit among collegiate athletic programs at $23.9 million from a gross profit of $68.8 million. He is one of the youngest athletic directors in the country.

Harris, Sylvia became the second African American female jockey to win a race in December 2007.

Johnson, Robert L. became the first African American billionaire in 2000 when he sold Black Entertainment Television to Viacom for $3.9 billion. That transaction made it possible for him to become the first Black owner in professional sports when he successfully outbid NBA legend Larry Bird (and his group) to become owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats.

Williams, Ken is the first African American general manager in Chicago sports history and the third in Major-League history. He is responsible for all White Sox baseball operations decisions, including all scouting efforts. He helped guide the organization to a 2005 World Series win.

Written by Symphony

December 1, 2007 at 5:45 am

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