From a decorated basketball career at Florida A&M University to a successful career as an executive in the sports industry, Natalie White has always possessed a strong drive and passion for athletics.
A standout at Florida A&M University (FAMU) from 1991 - 1995, Natalie was inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame in 2011. The three-time All-MEAC honoree guided the Rattlerettes to two regular season conference titles and the 1995 MEAC Championship. She led the NCAA in steals in three of her four seasons at FAMU and held the NCAA Division I record from 1994 - 2019 with 624 career steals. Natalie was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 1992 and the MEAC Player of the Year in 1995. Both Peach County High School and FAMU retired her jersey.
Natalie’s on-court dominance helped propel her into a 10-year career with sport retail powerhouse, NIKE. With NIKE, Natalie earned numerous awards and recognition, including the company’s prestigious EKIN of the Year in 2005, the highest achievement recognized for exuding NIKE’s principles and brand. Most recently, Natalie served in various capacities with Atlanta’s WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, with growth transitions from an Account Executive to the Vice President of Basketball Operations. Presently, Natalie serves as the Senior Vice President of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
A true superstar on and off the court, Natalie has a strong leadership role in the community. She serves as a mentor to youth basketball teams and volunteers her time with multiple schools and youth programs. Natalie also hosts her annual “Natalie White Basketball Camp” at Fort Valley State University. A native of Fort Valley, Natalie earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Sports Management from Florida A&M University.
During her collegiate years at FAMU, she was coined the nickname “POCKETBOOK” because her breaking records in steals.
White played point guard (1991-1995) for the FAMU Rattlerettes, helping them to two regular season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles (1994-1995) and the 1995 MEAC Championship. In 2001, she was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and in 2005 her # 10 jersey was retired. This rare tribute was the first jersey retirement ceremony in the school’s history.
White held the NCAA Division I Steals record (624) from 1994 - 2019. White led the nation in steals in 1992, 1994 and 1995. She holds the NCAA record for most steals as a freshman (143). She was the 1992 Rookie of the Year, MEAC Player of the Year in 1995 and was a three time All-MEAC (1993, 1994, and 1995) selection. She also earned Black College All-America Honors all four years. A true superstar on and off the court, while in Tallahassee, she served as a mentor/senior delegate with the All-American Foundation providing tutorial services for at-risk youth and served as a counselor for male youth offenders ages 14-18 in a level 8 residential program. Natalie White high school jersey #3 was retired at Peach County on April 23. 2009. In March 2011, Natalie was honored as a 2011 MEAC Hall of Fame Inductee in Winston-Salem, NC.
Whether speaking to students, running a camp, or teaching drills, Natalie has a true passion for helping the expansion of women's athletics. Understanding the importance of developing at a young age, Natalie teaches young athletes how to take what you learn from basketball, and use it to grow as a person.
Being a relationship builder, Natalie uses her platforms to fuse community partners in helping to promote the importance of academics and athletics in developing today's youth.
With a particular niche in women's athletics, Natalie consistently highlights and advocates for empowering women and equality on and off the court.
Natalie’s on-court dominance helped propel her into a 15+ year career with NIKE and the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. With NIKE, Natalie earned numerous awards and recognition, including the company’s prestigious EKIN of the Year in 2005, the highest achievement recognized for exuding NIKE’s principles and brand. Always an advocate for the advancement of women’s athletics, Natalie most recently served in various capacities with Atlanta’s WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, with growth transitions from a top achieving Account Executive and award-winning Senior Director of Sales to the Vice President of Basketball Operations. Presently, Natalie serves as the Senior Vice President of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.