Toyota and espnW Recognize "Everyday Heroes"

Recently, Toyota and espnW announced the fifth class of Toyota "Everyday Heroes" at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit in Newport Beach, California. The award, which honors those individuals that are making a difference for women and girls in their local communities through sports, award a $10,000 grant to each organization.

This year's honorees are:

  • Darlene Hunter, founder of Lady Mavericks Wheelchair Basketball in Dallas, TX. This team, which Ms. Hunter founded in 1990, offers physically disabled women and girls a means to improve their health and overall well-being.
  • Fartun Osman, founder of Somali Girls Rock in St. Paul, MN. Founded in 2004, this program offers girls from the Somali community in Minnesota with opportunities to play, soccer, basketball and participate in track and field -- all in an environment designed to make them feel comfortable.
  • Mira Manickam, founder of Brown Girl Surf in Oakland, CA. This program works to create a more diverse, joyful and environmentally respectful women's surf culture that provides women of color with better access to surfing.

In a press release, Nancy Inouye, National Media Manager, Toyota Motor North America, stated, "For five years running, Toyota is proud to celebrate the ‘Everyday Heroes’ and honor these remarkable women who are inspiring change in the world around them. Through their dedication and commitment, we see the positive lasting impact they have made to empower women and girls through sports."

At Riverhead Toyota, we're proud to serve Toyota drivers from the Shirley, Hampton Bays, East Hampton and Smithtown areas.

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