Chicago Sky Players Visit Franklin Park to Coach Windy City Hoops Games
WNBA Chicago Sky players Michelle Campbell and Epiphanny Prince will serve as honorary coaches tonight at the Chicago Park District’s Windy City Hoops games at Franklin Park, 4320 W. 15th St., in North Lawndale at 7 p.m.
Created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, Windy City Hoops is a Chicago Park District community basketball program designed to provide a safe and productive activity for youth throughout Chicago.
“We are thrilled to have Chicago Sky players Michelle Campbell and Epiphanny Prince coach our Windy City Hoops league,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Windy City Hoops provides teens across Chicago the opportunity to learn team work and leadership skills both on and off the court encouraging safe and active communities throughout Chicago.”
Demonstrating the value of private, public, and nonprofit collaboration to support our youth, Sammons Financial Group, Gardner Family Foundation, Integrys Energy Services and GEM Capital Realty, Inc. as well as Chicago residents came together to donate funds for the program exceeding $450,000.
“We are honored and excited to have these two professional players inspire our young athletes,” said Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “These types of partnerships with the private and public sectors ensure the ongoing success of this program.”
League play for the Windy City Hoops summer session began last Friday and will run through August 24 on Fridays, 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 5-10 p.m. at 11 locations.
The 11 Windy City Hoops sites are spread across several communities and were chosen according to such factors as high crime levels and low median income. Sites include:
• Loyola Park (Rogers Park)
• Amundsen (Austin)
• Carver (Altgeld)
• Columbus (Austin)
• Garfield (East Garfield)
• Franklin (North Lawndale)
• Kennicott (Kenwood)
• Jackson (Woodlawn)
• Ogden (Englewood)
• Hamilton (Englewood)
• Fernwood (Roseland)
The Chicago Sky, one of six independently owned WNBA teams, continues its eighth season as a member of the WNBA’s Eastern Conference. The Chicago Sky is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference and holds a 10-4 record. For information, call Stephanie Perelberg at 312.994.5984 or 866. SKY.WNBA or visit www.chicagosky.net.