More than 100 children in Lehi got a taste earlier this month of what it takes to be a professional WNBA player.
Phoenix Mercury basketball players Isabelle Harrison and Sonja Petrovic visited the Boys and Girls Club Lehi Branch on July 7 as part of Casino Arizona Clinic and NBA/WNBA Fit, an initiative to promote physical activity and healthy living for children. Participants rotated between a five stations focusing on shooting, dribbling and defense.
“Just seeing the kids smile when they got something new, learned something new—their eyes just lit up because they did it right,” Harrison said. “It just makes me so happy and I want them to be better a basketball player.”
Harrison, a first-round pick in the 2015 WNBA draft from the University of Tennessee, helped participants with passing and defense. Petrovic, a Serbia native in her second WNBA season, showed children shooting techniques.
Team mascot Scorch, members of the Mercury Hip Hop Squad and other Mercury staff helped with the basketball clinic. The clinic lasted about 75 minutes.
“I’m glad me and Sonya can come and help them out,” Harrison said. “For (the children) to come out here and learn something new that they can take back home for themselves and teach their friends too, I think it means the world.”