The WNBA Family Visit NYC School To Celebrate National Girls And Women In Sports Day

Distinguished members of the WNBA family participated in recess with kids at PS 9 in Brooklyn. 

Several WNBA players, legends and executives visited the Teunis G. Bergen (PS 9) in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day today and take a recess break!

WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon AKA T-Spoon, former WNBA star Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud and former UConn star and WNBA player Ashley Battle, all participated in the joy of recess with girls at the school.

WNBA Head of League Operations Bethany Donaphin got a game of “Knockout” going with the kids.

After the former WNBA player shots some hoops with the youth, Donaphin spoke about being named recently Head of WNBA Operations back in May of 2018 and why this event is so important.

T-Spoon and Cloud were like kids themselves, tossing the football around, shouting, reliving their youth and immersing themselves in the freedom of recess. Weatherspoon hit Cloud — who said she grew up playing “football with her brothers” — on a nice bullet pass over the middle.

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Weatherspoon has been a major face of women’s basketball for over 30 years. The four-time WNBA All-Star and Olympic Gold medalist was voted one of the Top 15 Players in WNBA history in 2011. At the age of 53, she is still active in the community.

Like many young girls, The 26-year-old Cloud was inspired by the OGs such as T-Spoon to pursue basketball at its highest levels. The four-year veteran says events like these enhance her WNBA experience and the community as a whole.

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McWilliams-Franklin is a former two-time WNBA champion and six-time All-Star. She connected with the kids and handled the live streaming masterfully.

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The kids recited their “Rules For Recess” for the WNBA crew and then everyone took a picture and it was back to class. It was a bit nippy in New York City, but the warmth of the event ruled the day.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.