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.
WNBA Head Of League Operations #bethanydonaphin plays a game of Knockout with the kids of PS 9 in Brooklyn during recess as part of #NationalGirlsAndWomenInSportsDay #WNBARecess #NGWSD https://t.co/qZ6ERShS1Z
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.
Why is WNBA Head Of League Operations #bethanydonaphin running around with the kids of PS 9 in Brooklyn during recess? Why it’s National Girls & Women In Sports Day of course ! #WNBARecess #NGWSD2019 #NGWSD https://t.co/RkdY7bvGl5
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.
Out here celebrating National Girls & Women in sports Day #WNBA legend @tspoon_11 showing off her arm with a Tom Brady bullet to @washmystics player @t__cloud9. Nice throw and catch #skills @theshadowleague #wnbarecess #ngwsd
21 Likes, 1 Comments – Gambler (@thegambler24) on Instagram: “Out here celebrating National Girls & Women in sports Day #WNBA legend @tspoon_11 showing off her…”
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.
4x WNBA All-Star @Finisher_11 is still inspiring young girls and boys to play ball and have fun. She visited the students of PS 9 in Brooklyn today for recess. as part of National Girls & Women In Sports Day. #wnbarecess #ngwsd #wnba #nyliberty #tspoon # hoopslegend https://t.co/9MvEX0awBC
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.
@washmystics baller @T_Cloud4 joined the @wnba and kids of PS 9 in Brooklyn for recess today in celebration of #nationalgirlsandwomeninsportsday @theshadowleague . . #natashacloud #wnbarecess #womenempowerment #ngwsd
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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.
#WNBA crew out at PS9 in Brooklyn today as part of Nat’l Girls & Women In Sports Day @theshadowleague @tspoon_11 @t__cloud9 @realashleybattle @bdonaphin . #teresaweatherspoon #tajmcwilliamsfranklin #ashleybattle #natashacloud Even WNBA Head Of League Operations @bethanydonaphin came out . . . #wnbarecess #ngwsd
10 Likes, 0 Comments – Gambler (@thegambler24) on Instagram: “#WNBA crew out at PS9 in Brooklyn today as part of Nat’l Girls & Women In Sports Day…”
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.