President's Mailbag: Paris' Presence
Steve Swetoha has been the President of the Tulsa Shock since their move to Tulsa in 2009. He is entering his third year as the leader of the organization. You can follow Steve on Twitter @SteveSwetoha or submit questions here.
The Shock defeated the Phoenix Mercury on June 17 � the first win the 2012 season. How does it feel to finally get that first win?
It is a relief in a lot of ways. I couldn�t be any happier for our fans, players, coaches and staff. Everyone in our organization continues to work hard to bring a winning team to our fans and the city of Tulsa.
Losing two starters in Jennifer and Scholanda. How will the Shock continue to stay competitive over the next 4-6 weeks?
Any time you lose players due to injury is always a tough situation because of the short season and limited roster spots. Jennifer has been playing really well of late with her three point shooting and the leadership she brings on and off the court. Sho started to get into a little bit of a rhythm of late, so it�s frustrating they both have come down with injuries but it�s part of the game and we expect others to �step-up� until they return to the lineup. This will give players like Williams, Christmas, Holt and others to get additional playing time.
Talk about the decision to sign former OU standout Courtney Paris. What kind of impact can she have on the team?
We have been evaluating Courtney since the offseason and had some interest in trying to sign her. Courtney is a good post player who will be able to help us on the boards. She will be able to open up opportunities for our guards on the perimeter because she is so strong underneath the basket. We think Courtney will have a good impact on our team on both ends of the court especially by rebounding the basketball.
How important is it for fans to come out to the BOK Center during the 6 game home stand in late June & early July. What would a winning streak before the Olympic break mean to this team?
It�s important regardless of where we are in the schedule. Our organization continues to work really hard in creating the right game day environment, engaging our fans and hoping people enjoy themselves so they may come back. Obviously any type of winning streak is important before the break. We need to continue to work hard, take one game at a time and things will start falling our way.
What's your take on Title IX?
The Title IX amendment has given girls/women opportunities not only in sports but in business, education, government, etc. The WNBA is a great platform for young girls and women to see and possibly live out their aspirations as a professional athlete. Not to mention, the opportunities the WNBA has provided on the business side with four (4) women Presidents/General Managers along with many women executives at the league and team level. We will be celebrating Title IX for many, many years to come
Are there any events with the players/coach�s fans can attend during the Olympic break?
We will be keeping our players busy in the community with a number of events and opportunities to engage with our fans. We will be updating everyone on a weekly basis through Facebook, Twitter and emails.
Will the players and coaching staff be taking a few weeks off during the Olympic break? If so, when will they return?
Our coaches and players will be taking a week off after our game in Minnesota and will be back at practice the week of July 22nd. We may give our players off a few days here and there leading up to the start of the second half of the season on August 17th.
Are there any cool giveaway or promotions coming up before the Olympic break?
Absolutely. Our Faith and Family Night is on Friday, June 29th. Several local choirs will be performing before and during our game vs. the Atlanta Dream. Kids Week is July 6, July 8, and July 10. All kids (12 and under) receive FREE admission into the games on Friday, July 6 (vs. Connecticut) and Sunday, July 8 (vs. Washington). July 10th is Volt's 3rd Birthday Party with some very special guests. This is an 11:30am tip-off vs. the 2011 WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx.
How do you like interacting with social media? I see that you keep up to date with your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
I really enjoy the interaction with our fans on Twitter or Facebook. Social media for me and our organization is a great tool in keeping our fans engaged on a number of fronts. We use it for promotional purposes, informational, ticket offers and partnership involvement. It is a great way to get our message out.