Sky visit Jamba Juice

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Sky guards Epiphanny Prince and Shay Murphy showed off their smoothie making skills as they traveled to Jamba Juice at Streets of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg yesterday, as part of the Sky and Jamba Juice’s partnership to Team Up for a Healthy America.

The event lasted from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Jamba Juice made an official “Sky Smoothie” for the event. The Mango-a-go-go was the featured Sky smoothie for the day and fans and customers could not get enough.

“We are really excited to be a sponsor of the WNBA,” said Michel Schneider of the Neighbor Agency at Jamba Juice. “We are working with the Chicago Sky this year to do activations at games and promote health and fitness. We are excited to have Shay and Epiphanny here promoting Healthy America and our partnership.”

Team Up for Healthy American is something that Jamba Juice launched last month in an effort to help raise awareness of the nation’s obesity epidemic, and encourage kids and families to be healthier in simple steps. Such as, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or not drinking soda for a week.

As fans arrived they were greeted outside and around the store by Sky staff, Sky Guy and Jamba Juice’s Banana man. They received coupons for smoothies by the two mascots. Shay and Piph then met with fans, signed autographs, took pictures and gave away tickets for Sunday’s game against Indiana. Afterwards, the two players were given the opportunity to be Jamba Juice team members and learned what it takes to make and blend smoothies at Jamba Juice.

The players were taken around and learned how to work each station and learned how to make smoothies form start to finish. Afterwards they were put to the test as they made smoothies for Sky fans.

“The workers were showing us how to make our favorite smoothie, mine is Mango-a-go-go, and then some for customers,” said Prince. “It took me a little longer then the other workers, but I wanted to make it right for the customer. That’s all I cared about.”

“I’m a huge fan of Jamba Juice and I’m excited to get involved,” said Murphy. “We learned everything had to be clean before we did anything. When it came to making the smoothie’s we had to make it with love, some ice here, add a little fruit, shake, some sherbet here and there, and you got your smoothie. It was fun.”

Shay better start practicing because one of Shay’s goals is to own a Jamba Juice franchise one day. “I have gone to Jamba Juice since high school,” said Shay. “I contacted them a few years back to see what it is all about. I think that it is a great thing to fall back on, and it is very big here in the states. I would love to spread it to Europe or South Africa.”

When asked if they could make it as Jamba Juice employees. Shay said, “I was giving a 100% in my smoothies, my timing was a little off, but I think I’ve got what it takes.” Piph also thought she had what it took, saying, “I don’t know if I could do it as fast or as long as they can, but I did well.” The Jamba Juice workers also agreed. “I think they have more then enough to be employees,” said Cesar Torres the District Manger for Jamba Juice in Schaumberg. “Even though a couple of our experienced employees were running loops around Shay, they were picking it up, they did great.”