WBNA superstar Angel Reese has just announced that she officially began the Angel C. Reese Foundation, an organization designed to uplift and empower women and girls through sports, education and financial literacy.
At the Variety and Sportico Sports and Entertainment Summit, the 2023 NCAA women’s basketball champion delivered the news stating that her foundation will provide young women with the tools and resources to become leaders in their communities and will focus on diversity, inclusion and equity areas.
“The Angel C. Reese Foundation will strive to create equitable resources for young women and underrepresented groups through several initiatives, including programs that teach solutions to overcome systemic challenges, as well as provide resources that empower a new generation of girls to excel in sports and successfully transition to the real world,” reads a report in Variety.
The foundation says it will begin providing young women with access to basketball camps, financial awareness programs, scholarship opportunities, events and civic programming and community engagement in the coming months.
Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, Resse’s alma mater, will host the launch of the organization with a kick-off event that will include a “Back-to-School Giveback Block Party,” where the foundation will give school supplies, clothing, food, hygienic products and other essentials young children in need in the Baltimore area. The event will take place in August.
Reese rose to stardom earlier this year after leading the Louisiana State University Lady Tigers to defeat the defeating the University of Iowa’s Hawkeyes and win a National Championship victory. She is also the NCAA women’s basketball’s most valuable player.
Reese was the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class. The recent transfer from the University of Maryland guided St. Frances Academy in Baltimore to three consecutive state championships.
Born May 6, 2002, Reese was awarded the McDonald’s All-American honor in 2020 while attending St. Frances Academy. She would then be recruited to play for Maryland and was considered the best recruit in the program’s history, but her freshman season came to a screeching halt after she fractured her right foot. She was later named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press her sophomore year before transferring to the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). At LSU, she was named a first-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in her junior year.
“I feel like that’s what separates me from a lot of players, that I have that dog mentality and I always want to go out there and win and I’m very passionate about that,” Reese told The New York Times in an interview earlier this month. “So whoever’s in front of me, I’m going to go get it, and I’m going to talk trash to you the whole entire game, and that’s that.”