The Undefeated-SurveyMonkey Poll Presents the 50 Greatest Black Athletes – Nos. 30-21 Unveiled Today

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The Undefeated-SurveyMonkey Poll Presents the 50 Greatest Black Athletes – Nos. 30-21 Unveiled Today

  • NBA’s LeBron James at No. 29 and Stephen Curry at No. 28
  • Unveiling Continues each Tuesday through Aug. 8

The Undefeated, ESPN’s multiplatform initiative focusing on the intersections of sports, race and culture, continues to unveil its 50 Greatest Black Athletes list – a series exploring the societal impact, on-field dominance, and inspiration of top African American athletes as selected by fans. The 50 Greatest Black Athletes were determined by fans via an online survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading People Powered Data platform. Today’s release features athletes ranked Nos. 30 to 21 on the list.

Golden State Warriors NBA champion Stephen Curry is ranked No. 28, one spot ahead of his rival LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 29. Both NBA stars are the only active players with multiple regular-season MVP awards.

Each Tuesday beginning between July 11 and August 8, is releasing the names of the Greatest Black Athletes in groups of 10, counting down to No. 1. The series includes athlete bios written by Justin Tinsley, Jerry Bembry and Aaron Dodson, as well as illustrations and video elements that will be shared across ESPN platforms and on social media using the hashtag #Undefeated50.

Athletes ranked Nos. 30-21 in The Undefeated-SurveyMonkey 50 Greatest Black Athletes poll:

For the 50 Greatest Black Athletes list, SurveyMonkey polled nearly 20,000 American adults about the attributes that make athletes great. Participants were asked to rank a randomly selected group of 200 athletes on overall dominance, impact on society, and inspirational resonance. The results are representative of U.S. adults nationally.

The Undefeated is ESPN’s multiplatform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. The digital hub,, combines innovative long-form and short-form storytelling, investigation, original reporting and provocative commentary to enlighten and entertain.

In addition to its cutting-edge content, The Undefeated seeks to be a thought-leader on race, sports and culture in the country – convening insightful forums and other forms of engagement to discuss and debate topical issues affecting sports and race in America.

About SurveyMonkey

Founded in 1999 and based in San Mateo, California, SurveyMonkey is the world’s leading People Powered Data platform enabling curious individuals and companies – including 99% of the Fortune 500 – to have conversations at scale with the people who matter most. Whether it’s a trend in the market, opinions of customers, or voices of employees, SurveyMonkey turns them into actionable data. As a pioneer of the industry, SurveyMonkey is a trusted platform for people to express their true feelings and opinions so organizations can uncover the ‘why’ behind the data. SurveyMonkey’s 650+ employees throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific are dedicated to powering the curious.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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