Megan Rapinoe is one of the most influential athletes on the planet.
Rapinoe and her girlfriend, Sue Bird, a probable Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, were honored by the Warriors on Wednesday night during the team's LGBTQ night.
After a summer spent speaking out and inspiring droves or people, Rapinoe was asked why she chooses to use her platform to address important social issues. The 2019 Golden Boot winner didn't disappoint.
"I think it's multi-faceted," Rapinoe said on "Warriors Pregame Live." "Part of it is just that affects me directly and all of my teammates every day. It affects [Sue]. And for our whole career, this is something that we deal with all the time. ... Part of it is just seeing how impactful it really is. People come up to me all the time and say [that] either I've inspired them, or made them feel more comfortable or kind of given them the inspiration to do something. [Sue's United States women's basketball team] has been so successful, [the USWNT] has been successful. If we can use that in some way to make the next generation better, to inspire them and just to let them know that it's OK that you're different, but to do something about it and stand up and be counted."
That's my Sportsperson of the Year.
Rapinoe had a summer to remember. She led the USWNT to a World Cup title and became an icon to both those who passionately follow soccer and those who never had seen a match.
I can't wait to see what she'll do for her next act.