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The Salt River High School Lady Eagles and coaching staff are recognized on center court during halftime of the June 14 game as the 2015 Adopt-A-Team selection for the WNBA Phoenix Mercury. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Mercury)
Salt River Lady Eagles Basketball Team Selected as Phoenix Mercury 2015 Adopt-A-Team
By June Shorthair
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River High School (SRHS) girls basketball team has been selected as the official Phoenix Mercury Adopt-A-Team for this season. The Salt River basketball team was recognized for this achievement on June 14 during the halftime of the Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx game in Phoenix. The Eagles will partake in various activities with the Mercury’s team organization throughout the season, which ends in September.

The WNBA Phoenix Mercury launched the Adopt-A-Team program in 2008 as a way to provide learning and development opportunities for female high school basketball players in Arizona. The program is designed to help increase the girls’ confidence, teach life skills, encourage healthy living and much more.

The Adopt-A-Team selection is based on an application and review process that begins around April of each year. SRHS girls basketball coach Dino Puccetti shared, “One of our players wrote a letter [asking for the Salt River Lady Eagles] to be considered, and [as coach] I submitted a letter to the Phoenix Mercury organization, along with many other teams from across Arizona.” The deserving high school team selected each year will participate in various activities during the basketball season, which runs from June to September and potentially into the postseason playoffs.

The SRHS Lady Eagles will be participating in an assortment of learning and development opportunities with the Mercury, such as anti-bullying sessions, a presentation on texting and driving, a review and discussion on female careers in sports (besides being a player-athlete), and others. Also, the team receives tickets to each game played at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center).

As one of the eight original WNBA franchises, the Phoenix Mercury enters its 18th season as reigning WNBA champions and as a team whose hallmark is its efforts to continually give back to the community.

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