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WNBA: Chicago Sky's Copper and Quigley Join Sports Matter Day

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Chicago Sky’s Karliah Copper and Allie Quigley have a lot of work to do. They are in the middle of a run to help the team win again as her WNBA champions in the playoffs two weeks after her. But they still manage to find time to give back to their communities in meaningful ways.

On Thursday, Copper and Quigley attended Sports Matter Day in partnership with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. sports. At Winstrut Arena, both players, along with his NBA legend Scottie Pippen, will provide 32 youth organizations and his 10,000 youths his athletes with Chicago water bottles, apparel, and gear, all of which are important the sport has to offer. shared life lessons.

In addition, the initiative pledged $500,000 to DonorsChoose’s Equity Focus initiative for racial equality in school sports programs. The initiative is familiar to both players who are fully aware of all the overall benefits the sport can offer, especially when given the opportunity at a young age.

“I think sports taught me how to be a team player,” Copper said. “I think it also taught me discipline and taught our team to be disciplined.”

There are undoubtedly empirical studies that conclude that youth participation in sports improves children’s quality of life. Benefits include better emotional and mental health, better academic performance, and a healthier lifestyle. Also, it is important for children to be in front of such high-profile and successful athletes that they can empathize. I learned a lot.

“They were excited and it was nice to see their curiosity,” Quigley said. “It was just exciting.”

This day of giving back happened on the same day as Britney Griner’s sentencing in Russia. Seeing her must have made her very proud and empowered when her resolve was being tested.

“Of course we are sad,” said Quigley. “The main thing is to try to get her back.”

When it comes to basketball, Sky continues to be the best team in the league at the right time, so Copper and Quigley remain focused on the task at hand. They have never looked better from their convincing 93-83 victory over the Mystics on Friday. Even with a few scrapes here and there, their versatility and determination have brought them to this point.

“We are trapped,” Copper said. “We just want to keep improving.”

On and off the court, the Chicago Sky remains a venerable presence in the lives of fans. The day, which promotes the wide range of pleasures the sport has to offer, is just the latest example of why they are a team to be admired and cherished. The sight of the two giving back will be etched in the hearts and minds of those children for years to come.

Find out more about Sports Matter Day here.