Seattle Storm Host WNBA FIT Event

Sep 13 2010 5:30PM
The Seattle Storm gave back to the community, and more specifically local school children, on Monday as they hosted a WNBA FIT clinic at KeyArena.

Storm players Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Lauren Jackson, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright joined more than 75 local boys and girls from Roxhill Elementary School for the event. WNBA president Donna Orender and Storm CEO and president Karen Bryant and head coach Brian Agler were also in attendance.

The clinic, which was presented by EA SPORTS Active, gave the youngsters an opportunity to participate in a number of fitness activities. They were also schooled on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

“In Seattle, the community is so great and has supported us,” Jackson said. “The community here is so tight-knit… I think it’s great for the kids from the Seattle and outer-Seattle areas.”

Monday’s event also brought out stars from other sports, including Seattle Mariners infielder Matt Tuiasosopo, former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Vic Minor, former Detroit Shock guard Jennifer Azzi and Boston Celtics guard, and Seattle native, Nate Robinson.

Robinson, who also attended Sunday’s game, said he is a huge fan of the WNBA. In fact, he hopes that one day his soon-to-be one-year-old daughter will play in the league when she gets older.

“The state of Washington sticks together,” Robinson said. “I have kids of my own so I just love doing activities and speaking and whatever it is I can do to give back to the kids.”

Tuiasosopo spent the morning at the FIT event before having to head to Safeco Field for tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. The 24-year-old was excited to meet some of the Storm players, all of whom appreciated his support.

“It’s all about coming together for the kids and teaching them to be fit and healthy, have goals and work hard,” Tuiasosopo said. “It was great for all the sports teams to come together as one to teach the kids.”

WNBA FIT is the league’s comprehensive health and wellness program. The event is held in cities all across the United States throughout the year.