August 15, 2019
Aug 15

President Bill Clinton speaks with three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Coach Dawn Staley in new episode of Clinton Foundation podcast

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For Immediate Release: August 15, 2019

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President Bill Clinton speaks with three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Coach Dawn Staley in new episode of Clinton Foundation podcast

President Clinton and University of South Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley share stories of perseverance, leadership and how, given the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay, women’s sports are about much more than playing a game


NEW YORK – In the latest episode of “Why Am I Telling You This?,” Coach Dawn Staley joins President Clinton to share how her experiences from growing up in the Philadelphia projects to winning Olympic Gold and competing on the world’s stage as a woman of color have driven her desire to mentor others and make a positive difference. As a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the most decorated athletes of all time, she reflects upon her first visit to the White House after the 1996 Olympic Games, her work to help young people excel on and off the court, and the state of women’s sports today.  From her players, to the fans, to the countless people benefiting from her own philanthropic work and advocacy, Coach Staley’s story reminds us all how sports can lift our common humanity and help people connect across borders, generations, gender, and race.

Click here to listen to "Dawn Staley Has the Courage to Compete."

"The culture of USA Basketball, the friendships, the sisterhood that is created because we didn't care -- and we don't care -- who scores the most points or who gets the most rebounds. The one goal for us is to win basketball games, to do it together," said University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley. 

Coach Staley also spoke about the importance of representation: “Women's basketball is a lot different from almost 30 years from when I played. I think it's better and here's why. They're quicker, they're stronger, they are more skilled and they're more skilled in all those things because of what they've been able to see. The WNBA is starting their 23rd year, and when the little girls have seen 23 years of women play professionally, that's the carrot that's been dangling in front of them for all of their lives. When I was growing up, we only had the NBA, and that was a foregone conclusion that we weren't going to be in the NBA. So, I would give the new schoolers an edge on the old schoolers only because they've seen it.”

Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation has recognized the power of integrating sports and athletes intro programs that promote health and wellness. This includes partnerships through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote physical activity and health in schools, empowerment campaigns that encourage girls to see themselves as strong athletes, and providing a platform to athletes like Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, Kobe Bryant, Jeff Gordon,Dikembe Mutombo, and many others to advance their philanthropic causes. 

The podcast is a co-production of the Clinton Foundation and At Will Media, published without commercials, and available without a subscription fee now on Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms. Previous episodes include:

  • “Paul Farmer Fights for Global Health Equity”: In this episode, pioneering physician, anthropologist, and Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer joins Chelsea Clinton to talk about his life’s work to deliver quality, comprehensive health care and fight devastating diseases in some of the poorest places on Earth;

  • “We, The People”: In this special episode for Independence Day, President Bill Clinton traces the evolution of the presidency from America’s founding through the present day and explores how the best presidents aimed to build an America that more closely resembled our highest aspirations;

  • Stonewall50: Pride, Progress, and the Future Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights: A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and Stonewall Inn owner Kurt Kelly commemorating the 50thAnniversary of the Stonewall riots and World PRIDE;

  • Too Small to Fail: A conversation between Chelsea Clinton and Early Childhood Experts Ralph Smith and Dr. Susan Neuman;

  • José Andrés Controls the Fire: A conversation between President Clinton and chef, humanitarian, and Clinton Foundation partner José Andrés to discuss disaster recovery and resiliency in the Caribbean.

“Why Am I Telling You This?” – featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List – includes conversations with President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation partners, and special guests. Drawing on their own experiences, they share stories of the people, issues, and events that have shaped our world and the Clinton Foundation’s work – and why we should be optimistic about the future. The series covers issues related to the Foundation’s work; conversations on global leadership; reflections on the Clinton Administration; and President Clinton’s wide range of interests and well-known intellectual curiosity.

Here's what listeners are saying:  

  • "So excellent! Story-telling done in a clear and compelling way."

  •  "Completely wonderful and inspiring."

  • "What news magazines used to be and should still be."

  • "I think we need to hear these stories. We need to be reminded we are all one family and President Clinton does it in a most wonderful way."

  •  “Intersectional storytelling that provides intimate and moving moments with former President Clinton, a glimpse into the stories behind a giant philanthropic organization and examples of how we tackle the big problems and create lasting change.”


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About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.


About At Will Media

Founded in 2015 by CEO Will Malnati, At Will Media is a full-service media company based in Manhattan and Los Angeles. With over 50 years of combined experience, At Will Media sets the pace for the podcast industry as a partner for branded content and a hub for successful and critically acclaimed originals. From podcasts to custom Amazon Alexa Skills, At Will Media powers and produces shows for high-profile clients such as GQ, Morgan Stanley, Town & Country, WeWork, Viacom, 1 Hotels, and more.  The firm notably went on to produce the first daily audio product by L’Oréal and Hearst Beauty for Amazon’s Alexa. 2019 saw AWM receive a nomination in the category of “Best Branded Podcast” at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards for The Atlantic Magazine’s podcast The Future According to Now, Season 2.  At Will Media' executive team is headed by entrepreneur Will Malnati, Glee actress and Emmy/Tony-award winner Jenna Ushkowitz, former Twitter exec Julie Martin and Audible alum Mitch Bluestein.