Good Sports: Equity in Sports Panelists

Kathryn Tappen, Moderator

Host and Reporter, NBC Sports
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Kathryn Tappen is one of NBC Sports’ most versatile voices, having served as a host or reporter on many of the biggest events in sports, including the Olympics, Super Bowl, NFL Kickoff, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final, Notre Dame Football, and golf. Tappen hosts NBC Sports’ coverage of Notre Dame Football and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL post-game show on NBCUniversal’s streaming service. At the beginning of the 2022 calendar season, Tappen also added lead interviewer for NBC Sports’ golf coverage across the PGA TOUR and major championships to her duties.

Stefanie Dolson, Panelist

Professional basketball player
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Making history during Tokyo 2021, Stefanie Dolson stunned opposing defenses as Team USA’s dominant post player, earning the first gold medal in 3×3 Basketball’s Olympic debut. No stranger to winning, she led UCONN to a 40-0 season and back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014. Stef was the #6 pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics before winning a WNBA title with the Chicago Sky in 2021 and finding a home with the New York Liberty this season.

Also an outspoken advocate for equality and inclusion, Stef spoke to ESPN about the fluid nature of her sexuality and being a role model for young people. Confident, stylish, and unapologetically herself, Stef was featured as a part of Abercrombie and The Trevor Project’s “Face Your Fierce” campaign, which highlighted inspirational stories of inner strength and bold acts of kindness. The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

Lauren Dwyer, Panelist

Director of Growth & Innovation at WNBA
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Lauren Dwyer is the Director of Growth & Innovation for the WNBA, focusing on potential areas of growth for the WNBA such as betting and fantasy, NFTs and web3, international growth, and more. Before that, she was the Basketball Administration Lead for the WNBA, managing CBA compliance, roster management, player contracts, and more.

Prior to the WNBA, Lauren worked in  US media sales at Sportradar and at Columbia in athletics development. While at Columbia, she received her MBA from the business school, and she is also a proud undergraduate alumna, having played basketball for the Lions.

Mandy Freeman, Panelist

American professional soccer player
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Mandy Freeman plays as a defender for NJ/NY Gotham FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She helped create the  NJ/NY Gotham FC Player Community Outreach Committee that’s been dedicated to volunteer work within underserved New Jersey and New York communities. Freeman is a member of the Black Womens Player Collective, created by the black players in the NWSL to show black women as athletes and leaders and create opportunities for girls and women in sports and beyond. In her college days, Freeman played for USC from 2013 to 2016, and was part of the team that won the 2016 NCAA National Championship. Throughout college, Freeman dedicated her time to giving back to the community and in 2015, was named the March Trojan Outreach Athlete of the Month.

Melissa Harper, Panelist

Good Sports, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer
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Melissa Harper has been the Chief Executive Officer of Good Sports, Inc. since it was founded in 2003.  During that time Good Sports has grown from distributing equipment to impact 2,000 kids to supporting millions of children in need today.  She is a first-generation college graduate and attended the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa is also a lifelong athlete participating in road races and marathons as well as playing and coaching sports for her four children.

Christina McHale, Panelist

Former professional tennis player
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Christina Marietta McHale is an American former professional tennis player. Over the course of Christina’s career, she has won 385 singles matches and her highest-ever WTA rankings were No. 24 in singles and No. 35 in doubles. She won 1 singles title and 2 doubles titles on the WTA circuit and has made the round of 32 in all four grand slams. She made the semifinals of the Mixed Doubles at the 2018 US Open. Christina competed for Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Christina has certainly left her mark on the court and is an inspiration to all young girls who want to participate in the sport of tennis.

Kylie Ohlmiller, Panelist

Professional lacrosse player
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Kylie Ohlmiller is an American professional women’s lacrosse player for Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse. She has been a member of the USA Women’s National Team since 2017 and in 2022 became a Gold medalist with the team. Kylie played collegiately at Stony Brook University, where she set the record for most career points in Division I history with 498 and most career assists with 246. These accolades have crowned her “the face of women’s lacrosse” by The New York Times and “a human highlight reel” by ESPN. Kylie is also the founder and director of KO17 Lacrosse and host of Dream On Podcast.