Shock Shooting Guard Returns To Brownell Elementary School

Nolan Spearheads Playground Renovation


Shock shooting guard and 2006 WNBA Finals MVP Deanna Nolan returned to her former elementary school on Wednesday, October 4 as part of “Deanna Nolan Day.” In addition to celebrating Nolan’s accomplishments both on and off the basketball court, the day served as a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of a new playground that Nolan and her family are spearheading.

“This project came about because when I went to school here, kindergarten through second grade, I remember the playground wasn’t that great, and I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the people and the community that were a big part of my upbringing,” explained Nolan prior to Wednesday’s festivities.

“I started a foundation, the Nolan Foundation, that is raising the money for the playground. We need about $44,000 to complete the project, and we should have that money raised during the fall so that the playground can be built during the spring.”

Nolan herself has donated $3,000 to the effort, and an additional $1,000 has been raised through other outreaches in the community. In addition, Brownwell students contributed more than $3,000 through a penny drive and the redemption of pop can deposits.

Nolan’s fundraising received a major boost Wednesday when Patsy Lou Williamson, wife of Flint Mayor Donald Williamson who was also in attendance at the groundbreaking, announced the donation of $5,000 towards the project.

Individuals wishing to contribute may send check and money order donations to the nonprofit Nolan Foundation at PO Bo 3283, Flint, Michigan, 48502. Once funds are raised, the Shock-colored red, white, and blue playground will take just one weekend to build.

Deanna Nolan Day Program
WelcomeJasmine Stout
PurposeMrs. V. Shepard, principal Brownell Elementary
Introduction of Deanna NolanMr. Speights, Deanna’s former principal
Who is Deanna Nolan?Students from Mrs. Harrison’s sixth grade class
Special PresentationKindergarten students
Song “Free”Marquawan Burnett
Introduction of SpeakerMrs. Girley
SpeakerThe Honorable Brendaho Clark, State Representative, District 34
GreetersKeausha Harvey, Tia Houston, Myesha St. John, Bianka Scott, Andre Yancy, Marcus Blake, Courtney Holmes, Kadeya Smith, Michael Williams
Special Thanks ToLaselle Bank, Mrs. Lucy Smith, Mike Cound, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Virginia Nolan Stitt, Dr. Julia Goldstein, Indigo Financial, Brownell Staff, Students and Parents