Phaidra Knight

Phaidra Knight is an athlete, sports media talent, motivational speaker, and business  entrepreneur. For nearly 18 years, she traveled the globe as a professional rugby  player, establishing herself as one of the premier players in the sport. She made  three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the  world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player  of the Decade. In November 2017, she became the first and only black American  inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The former attorney is on the Board  of Directors for USA Rugby Board and the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Sports  Foundation (WSF).  She also serves as the WSF President for 2021.


Phaidra founded PeaK Unleashed in 2019, a non-profit  organization dedicated to the personal and physical development of marginalized  youth through educational support, rugby and yoga, particularly those of  incarcerated and exploited populations. She is a keynote speaker and has an  expansive television dimension to her dynamic career. Her on-air sports broadcast  experience includes sideline reporting, in-booth commentating and studio analysis.  Phaidra has worked with ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, World Rugby, Flo Sports,  and USA Rugby TV. She travels around the world delivering rugby commentary. Phaidra was on the NBC Universal 2020 Tokyo Olympics broadcasting team and covered women’s sevens rugby games. On  the big screen, she will be featured with the Oscar Award winning Halle Berry in  Halle’s directorial debut “Bruised”, which is scheduled to be released later in 2021. Currently training as a mixed martial artist at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, New York, Phaidra is grooming to become a professional fighter. In June 2021, she made her Muay Thai debut at the TBA World Expo Muay Thai Tournament, winning the championship belt. Most recently, she competed in her first MMA bout and submitted her opponent for the win in round two.


She launched her clothing line, the PSK Collective, in August of 2020. The PSK Collective is a  group of female athletes coming together to have a positive impact on girls and  women alike. The PSK Collective has created a fusion of active and streetwear,  designed to marry fashion, sports, and togetherness for greater causes. These causes  include the empowerment of the athlete in us all, shifting attitudes surrounding  fashion and expression, giving back to the organizations that help girls and women  along their journey, and bringing athletes together – as part of a Collective – to help  promote the line and important causes that advance women’s equity. One of the most  popular products featured in the line is the Equal Pay rugby jersey. In 2021, The PSK Collective also launched a line with Walmart and Kohls.