Nneka Ogwumike Speaks to Experience of Women Professional Athletes in Upcoming Documentary, ‘Shattered Glass’

Not only did she star in the feature, the Los Angeles Sparks forward served as the executive producer.
Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike.

Not only is professional basketball star Nneka Ogwumike doing big things when it comes to equity in the WNBA, she’s talking about it, too. On Jan. 23, the Los Angeles Sparks power forward announced the impending release of Shattered Glass, an original documentary on the experience of “be[ing] a woman professional athlete,” she wrote.

Not only does Ogwumike star in the coming feature, out Jan. 31, but she likewise serves as its executive producer. And the process has been worthwhile for the 33-year-old, too.

“Creating this documentary has been a fulfilling experience. To be able to share space with the phenoms @breannastewart30, @jus242, and the legend @airswoopes22 and take you beyond the courts and locker room chat and discuss the real issues in the @WNBA has always been the main goal,” she said of the experience in an Instagram post. 

Like so many of the other sports documentaries that have been released in recent weeks and months—Full Swing and Break Point among them—the WNBA feature promises a behind the scenes look at the league. But if offers something different, too: a look at the unique struggles facing WNBA players and female athletes, more generally.

“While each of our stories is uniquely different, you will get a holistic perspective on what it’s like to be a woman professional athlete, have a family, and juggle the political nature of the league,” Ogwumike promised. “I hope this documentary provides upcoming and current women players with sharpened skills and the autonomy to take control of their careers in this business.”

Her mission is clear: to help those who come after her navigate the intricacies of the league.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.