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Local athlete receives ESPN Youth Leadership Award

Hannah Smith will be honored at the ESPYs as a recipient of the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award.


Smith launched Sportable’s inaugural wheelchair basketball camp and women’s wheelchair basketball clinic.

Photo by Brian McWalters/Road Win Photos

A local athlete is receiving a national award for her efforts to promote adaptive sports. Hannah Smith has been announced as a Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award honoree.

Part of the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards, the Youth Leadership Award celebrates those who use sports to make positive changes to their communities and the world.

Smith got her start in adaptive sports a decade ago, at the age of 11. She joined Sportable, a Richmond-based group that provides sporting opportunities to over 400 athletes each year.

As a Sportable athlete, Smith started playing wheelchair basketball competitively. She also helped launch the group’s first wheelchair basketball camp and women’s clinic.

Smith will also be recognized at the ESPY Awards on Thursday, July 11. You can watch the event on ABC starting at 8 p.m.

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