"I'm trying to show young girls that they can do it too," Skylar Diggins says about making it in the WNBA

By Rose Minutaglio and Tiare Dunlap
Updated December 08, 2020 02:12 PM
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WNBA superstar and fashion icon Skylar Diggins says she is using her social media accounts to help “sustain the league.”

“I have the thought that one day I want my daughter to have the opportunity to play in this league and [I’m] just doing my part to make sure that’s a possibility,” Diggins, 25, tells PEOPLE. “I’m trying to show young girls that they can do it too.”

The Dallas Wings guard, who is featured in this year’s ESPN The Magazine‘s WNBA20 issue alongside other basketball powerhouse players like Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne, says she is doing her part to help the WNBA “flourish.”

“We have a lot of great players who have a lot of great stories. A lot of people didn’t think that the WNBA would last 20 years, but we’re still here and we’re still standing,” she says. “[I want] to encourage and motivate young girls or anybody to pay attention to the league.”

Diggins also hopes to “spread positivity” and promote healthy living to her over 960,000 Instagram followers – most of whom are young female athletes.

“With social media and being a millennial, I find myself online interacting and trying to talk to so many people and what I love about social media is it’s a direct connection between my fans and me,” she says. “I can jump online and talk to people from all over with the click of a button and it helps you connect with your fans. It’s just a part of the game now.”

As for online trolls, the basketball star has a simple solution – “block them!”

“I got more blocks than Dikembe Mutombo in the off-season!” she says. “I don’t really mind if people disagree or however somebody feels it’s about staying true to yourself.”

She adds, “[Nothing] is going to stop me from posting positivity and spreading positivity through my messages to the world.”

ESPN The Magazine‘s WNBA20 issue hits newsstands Friday.