Jordyn Wieber Named 2014 Woman of Inspiration
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Mercury will honor U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber as the team’s 2014 Woman of Inspiration, an honor sponsored by BBVA Compass, during its August 2 game against the Indiana Fever. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Wieber will be available for interviews from 6 – 6:30 p.m. To RSVP for an interview, please e-mail Kandace Hurdle at KHurdle@phoenixmercury.com.
As part of the festivities, Wieber will participate in a pre-game speaking event for local athletes as well as a halftime Q&A session with fans.
“We are thrilled to honor Jordyn Wieber this year as our Woman of Inspiration,” said Jason Rowley, Phoenix Mercury president. “Jordyn’s dedication to the sport of gymnastics and her education makes her a positive role model, and we are excited to welcome her to our Mercury family.”
Wieber is a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed the “Fierce Five.” The 2012 team is the second in U.S. history to win the Olympic team gold medal in gymnastics, the first being the “Magnificent Seven” in 1996. Wieber also won all-around and team gold medals in the 2011 World Championships, and was the American Cup all-around champion in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
"We’d like to offer our congratulations to Jordyn, and thank her for being such a positive role model for girls," said BBVA Compass West Region Global Wealth Executive, Chuck Watts. "It's an honor to sponsor the Woman of Inspiration Award and recognize some of the best female athletes who’ve graced the sports world.”
Currently a psychology major at the University of California at Los Angeles, Wieber continues to train in gymnastics and work as a manager for the school’s gymnastics team.
Wieber joins an elite group of inspiring women who have been honored by the Mercury, including Robin Roberts (2007), Ali Vincent, the first female Biggest Loser (2008), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (2009), Billie Jean King (2010), Picabo Street (2011), Hope Solo (2012) and Lisa Fernandez (2013).
Tickets are available for the Mercury-Fever matchup on Saturday, August 2 at US Airways Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can visit phoenixmercury.com to purchase tickets.
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