Becky Hammon Supports March of Dimes

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Lenvil Coltrane

When professional athletes endure tough, high-paced and grueling seasons, most look forward to the offseason for a chance to relax and attempt to make full recoveries, both mentally and physically.

But for a select number of players, the offseason presents opportunities to do something much more meaningful. It is a chance to make a positive impact in their surrounding communities and to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon, who historically has traveled the world playing basketball this time of year, is spending more time in San Antonio this Fall due to a knee injury she suffered during the 2013 WNBA season. While the injury was an unfortunate setback, she is using the time away from basketball to involve herself in the community, something she’s always wanted to do.

“This is the first time I’ve been in San Antonio in an offseason,” Hammon said. ”I really wanted to take advantage of my time here and really get into the community and try to give back. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I never have the time or I’m out of the country during this time of year.”

A special opportunity arose when March of Dimes reached out to her to make an appearance at its ‘Jail and Bail’ event on Nov. 1. She was intrigued and excited by the opportunity to participate and had no issue waking up early on a brisk Friday morning to attend the event.

The event, held at the Public Safety headquarters in downtown San Antonio, served as the official start of National Prematurity Awareness Month. Hammon joined San Antonio chief of police William McManus, Bexar County commissioner Kevin Wolff, KENS 5 anchor Jeff Goldblat and the Silver Stars Fox to solicit donations and awareness for the special cause and for March of Dimes.

“Anytime I have an opportunity to help underprivileged children and women, I always jump at the opportunity,” Hammon said. “I want to create awareness for charities like this and make myself available. I have the time and I am honored to be a part of this.”

Hammon, sporting an oversized jailhouse costume, was arrested and placed behind a fake jail cell in front of the Public Safety headquarters, joining other ‘high profile arrests’ that day. She cracked a huge smile and held up a sign that read ‘Guilty of Helping Babies.’

The event was inspired by a historic photo March of Dimes San Antonio division director KJ Feder Delgado discovered on the internet. She immediately reached out to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) to see if they would assist with her efforts to promote National Prematurity Month.

“We found a historic photo online of police officers from 1948 raising funds for March of Dimes,” Delgado said. “We reached out to the San Antonio Police Department through social media and asked if they could recreate the photo for us to raise awareness for National Prematurity Awareness month.”

The (SAPD) and March of Dimes have enjoyed a successful partnership for decades, dating back to the late 1940’s. The ‘Jail and Bail’ event is one of many fundraisers the two have joined in together for the betterment of the community.

Chief McManus spoke about the successful relationship the SAPD and March of Dimes share and how much he appreciates Hammon’s efforts to attempt to raise awareness for the important cause.

“March of Dimes is a great part of the SAPD and the city, for raising such great awareness and money for a great cause,” McManus said. “We have many, many partners in the community and today we’re partnering with the Silver Stars. They have been a great part in all of this. They understand the importance of it and hopefully we pass that on to the community and raise a lot of money to prevent prematurity.”

Serving the San Antonio community has been an initiative Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) has emphasized since its move to the Alamo City in 1973. Through its nonprofit, Silver and Black Give Back, its employee group, People of Spurs Sports & Entertainment (POSSE) and individual efforts from alumni players such as the David Robinson Foundation, SS&E has enriched its surrounding community for decades.

On a Friday morning in November, Becky Hammon epitomized that mission.