It’s a really good chance for the young ladies to understand that basketball can be a gift and teach them so many things in life, and it’s really an honor to be here and be a part of it.” -Rushia Brown, on the “Her Time to Play” Clinic
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Las Vegas – With the city of Las Vegas hosting its first-ever WNBA All-Star game this Saturday fans of the game are sure to be treated to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. With that being said, Thursday afternoon marked the “unofficial” official start of the festivities as the league teamed up with the Las Vegas Aces to host a clinic for over 150 girls from the local Las Vegas area. With current WNBA All-Stars such as Napheesa Collier, Jewell Lloyd, and the Aces’ own sharpshooter Kayla McBride putting the youngsters through the paces alongside WNBA Legends and Ambassadors such as Jennifer Azzi, and Vickie Johnson -to name just a few- there was no shortage of knowledge of the game, nor star power to be shared with the adoring young hoops hopefuls.
Prior to the on-court clinic -which emphasized the importance cultivating good habits, and properly learning the fundamental skills of the game- a highly successful and diverse panel of pioneering female athletes engaged the young camp participants in what turned out to be a truly enlightening and impactful discussion about the many unique challenges faced by females in sports.
Each of the easily recognizable speakers on the panel shared anecdotes and stories highlighting their own individual journeys and strategies for overcoming obstacles and adversity on their journey to accomplishing their dreams, including Rushia Brown, Manager of Player Programs and Franchise Development for the Las Vegas Aces who had this to say as she very eloquently summed up the goal of Thursday’s clinic:
“We’re giving young ladies in the (Las Vegas) community an opportunity to be with some of the All-Stars, the women who are actually a part of the game, to help them understand that they can be excellent on the court…These young ladies have a very special opportunity because they get a chance to be with the All-Stars, the women that are playing the game at the very highest level, and I think a big part of success is having a vision, having someone that has done it, hearing their stories, how they have achieved it so right now, they are in a very special place,” stated Brown, who enjoyed a seven-year career in the WNBA, in addition to a very successful career overseas.
Brown summed up the clinic by stating that “It’s really a good chance for them (young ladies attending the clinic) to understand that basketball can be a gift to them, and teach them so many things (in life), and it’s really an honor for all of us to be here and be a part of it.”
All youth participants in the basketball clinic were given special invitations and tickets to attend the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game and WNBA All-Star Friday Night, as guests of the league and lead corporate sponsor, AT&T.
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