Earth Day salute to Flowers, Brooks and more

Bethanie Mattek-Sands sports tattoos of bees and pink water lilies. Elsa/Getty Images

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on this date in 1970. It was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Today, as we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the modern environmental movement, we send a special shout out to a few athletes who make us think kindly of our planet: Vonetta Flowers (former Olympic bobsledder), Amber Brooks (soccer), Nirra Fields (UCLA women’s basketball), Tayler Hill (Washington Mystics draft pick), Jane Park (LPGA) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (WTA).

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