These two sports starlets are stepping up to the plate to talk tough about AIDS. Michelle Tan gets game and the scoop.
Zab Judah 22 years old Brooklyn, NY
Record: Junior welterweight world champion boxer. Out of the ring, he donates time and money to Brooklyn's Mother Hale House, which cares for positive kids.
Position: Mouthpiece for House of Groove's "Please Groove Responsibly" campaign. Safer-sex kit includes an XXL condom and an Altoid Mints sampler for that extra-fresh feeling.
Motivation: "I know a lot of cats who are positive, and it touched my heart," Judah says.
On deck: Judah hits televisions in November on BET's Teen Summit; PSAs for New York City's Hot 97 hip-hop radio station are in the works.
Val Whiting 28 years old Wilmington, DE
Record: On hiatus from the WNBA. Began the Val Whiting Foundation in '98 to fund programs for young women of color.
Position: The former Detroit Shock forward combines her girls' basketball league with HIV and sex ed.
Motivation: Stats say it all to a player: Delaware ranks 8th in AIDS cases and black women age 13-24 represent half of new infections nationwide. "Initially, I wanted to help young girls build self-esteem," Whiting says. "But those numbers made me rethink our mission statement."
On deck: Her career is up in the air, but HIV ed will still score points at her B-ball league.