Chicago Sky Weekly Update
CHICAGO - The Chicago Sky kicks off training camp on Wednesday, April 23, with a limited team roster as many returning veterans are finishing seasons and playoffs with their respective international teams.
Sky training camp will be held at Attack Athletics, located at 2641 W. Harrison Street. Sky players in camp include: Quianna Chaney, Kayte Christensen, Claire Coggins, Amanda Jackson, Chasity Melvin, Stephanie Raymond, Nina Stone and Angela Tisdale.
Reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Armintie Price, Jia Perkins, Brooke Wyckoff, Carrie Moore and Sylvia Fowles, the Sky's top pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, will join the team the week of April 28. Fowles comes to camp from China, where she has been playing with USA Basketball's Women's National Team. WNBA All-Star Candice Dupree and Dominique Canty are playing against each other in the Polish league finals and will return to camp in early May. Cathy Joens and center Bernadette Ngoyisa, who played for the Sky in the 2006 season, will also be in camp in early May.
NEW PRACTICE FACILITY - Attack Athletics
For the 2008 season, Attack Athletics will serve as the Sky's official practice facility. Attack Athletics is a brand new, state-of-the-art, 65,000-sq. ft. facility with 4 WNBA-sized basketball courts and a 10,000 sq. ft. weight room. Attack Athletics is located at 2641 West Harrison, Chicago, IL 60612.
CHICAGO SKY WOMEN'S CLINIC
The Chicago Sky is hosting a basketball clinic for women age 35 and older on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Attack Athletics. Open to all skill levels, Chicago Sky athletes and staff will run participants through drills and offer playing tips. Pat Dowell, Chicago 3rd Ward Alderman, and the Honorary Dorothy Brown, will both be attending and participating in the clinic. The clinic is $15 per participant and includes a ticket voucher to any 2008 Sky home game.
FOWLES - National Team Update
Chicago Sky top draft pick Sylvia Fowles is currently training with the U.S. women's team in hopes of making the 2008 Olympic squad. On Monday, April 21, Fowles and the LA Sparks' Lisa Leslie combined for 36 points and 22 rebounds in a 92-56 victory over South Korea in the Good Luck Beijing Tournament in Beijing, China. Fowles shot 9-of-12 from the field and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The U.S. closes preliminary play against New Zealand on Wednesday and China on Thursday. The USA versus China contest will be televised live by NBA TV at 8 a.m. EDT, which will air the game again that day at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
NOTHING BUT NETS - World Malaria Day
The Chicago Sky is teaming up with the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets to help cover an entire continent with long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets. Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to prevent malaria and save lives by sending bed nets to children in Africa.
On Thursday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in the Blue Room at the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St., Sky President Margaret Stender and center Chasity Melvin will team up with Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Fire star Diego Gutierrez and NBA legend and former Chicago Bulls player Bob Love to raise awareness for this cause.
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