WNBA Cares Week of Service

Sky players, coaches and staff joined City Year Chicago to undertake a team service project this weekend at Monroe Elementary School as part of WNBA Cares Week of Service. The morning began with an opening ceremony where the Monroe Elementary School band performed an arrangement of songs to welcome everyone. City Year Chicago team leaders continued the opening ceremony with a series of physical exercises to energize volunteers before the event started.

Over 100 volunteers were separated into eight teams to work on separate projects throughout the day. Sky players worked side-by-side with Monroe Elementary students to paint inspirational murals and quotes in the hallways, build picnic tables, landscape and create an outdoor basketball court near the school’s playground.

“We were thrilled to partner with City Year Chicago for our WNBA Cares week of service event this year,” said President of Sky Cares Erika Swilley. “It was amazing to see the many dedicated volunteers bring new life to Monroe Elementary and the entire Logan Square community.”

When students and faculty return to Monroe Elementary next week they will walk through hallways displaying quotes from Michael Jordan, Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, and many more. At recess students will have the new opportunity to play on an outdoor basketball court and socialize with friends at outdoor picnic tables. Thanks to the Chicago Sky and City Year Chicago, Monroe Elementary has created a learning environment that will stimulate creative thinking and physical activity for years to come.

The Chicago Sky’s foundation, Sky Cares is committed to building relationships with organizations and youth in the community. Working with City Year Chicago allowed the Sky to continue their mission of helping Chicagoland children and families grow strong and healthy. Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter is the founder and president of City Year Chicago. During City Year’s existence Chicagoans have logged more than 1 million hours of service in local communities.

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