The Sky Go Green
Chicago Sky players and staff traveled to Northside Preparatory High School and partnered with Urban Habitat Chicago to cultivate an urban garden as part of WNBA’s Go Green Week. Chicago Sky players Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Tamera Young and Carolyn Swords along with students and members of the girl’s basketball team from Northside Prep were prepared to get their hands dirty helping turn Northside’s grounds into a sustainable an urban farm.
Urban Habitat Chicago, an organization that promotes and demonstrates that we can have sustainable design solutions here in the city, was a perfect partner for the Sky in its effort to promote environmental awareness.
Said Urban Habitat Chicago’s Executive Director Lee Bouchard, “What we are trying to do is with the intersection of the build environment and natural environment bring nature into the city and help natural problems like climate change, energy and even bring food into the city with urban agriculture with sites like this one.”
“This site used to be a salt storage facility,” Bouchard continued, “but we have created an environment for students and especially special needs students, where they can come out with their wheel chairs and enjoy the flowers.”
Players and staff were immediately put to work as they arrived on the site, doing everything from shoveling dirt and wood chips to planting seeds. After their jobs were completed, students and members from Urban Habitat Chicago showed the Sky around to see some of the amazing work they have already accomplished, from beautiful gardens to newly planted trees.
“It’s really cool having the players come out and help us with this project ‘cause it is directly helping our school and us make the environment better,” said Mary Mcinerney, student and forward on Northside’s girls’ basketball team. “Knowing that these players started where I did as a high school basketball player and then making it to the professional level and still want to come out and help is great, it shows that they care.”
Sky Forward Linday Wisdom-Hylton was impressed with what she saw.
“Normally I don’t like getting this dirty,” said Wisdom-Hylton, “but this is a lot of fun and working with the kids and others players for a great cause and organization too. It is great being out here with the kids planting, we have been planting everything from tomatoes to soy beans and zucchini, and I have never really farmed before so this is really new and exciting for me.”
The Sky would like to welcome students from Northside Prep and members of Urban Habitat Chicago as they cheer on the Sky as they take on the Phoenix Mercury at the Allstate Arena during Go Green Awareness Night.