Several lucky kids had the chance to enjoy a fun workout yesterday afternoon in the Abt Fitness Center during a “Shoot Hoops with the WNBA Chicago Sky Players” basketball clinic. For those of you who might not know, the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) is a 14-team professional league with franchises in major cities like Chicago, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Cathy (left) and Quianna signing autographs
Two players from the Sky, rookie guard Quianna Chaney and second-year guard/ forward Cathy Joens (yes, that’s the correct spelling), were on hand to lead the kids through stretching exercises and fundamental drills before they all got a chance to shoot some hoops. There also was a Question & Answer session and an opportunity for the kids to pose individually with the players for autographed photos. Other giveaways and prizes included sunglasses, T-shirts, basketballs, autographed team posters, and clappers (noisemakers) to use at sporting events.
Abt purchasing coordinator Eva Arroyo had three nieces and a nephew in attendance. “They were thrilled to meet professional athletes, and the Sky players were so nice to them,” said Eva. “My oldest niece is 11 years old, and she was so excited to see that it’s possible for girls to do something productive and become successful. It really opened her eyes that anything is possible. All the kids had a great time.” —by Graham W.