On December 10th the Phoenix Mercury made a special Holiday Delivery to the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team at Salt River High School. The Phoenix Mercury selected the Salt River High School Girls Varsity Basketball team this year for its Adopt-A-Team mentoring program. The Phoenix Mercury Adopt-A-Team program is currently in its eight year and this year was the first year Salt River High was selected as a partner.
The Salt River High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team was selected in May and has since participated in several events while interacting with the Phoenix Mercury, coaches and other representatives from the Mercury. The Special Holiday Delivery was the latest in a series of partnership events and was held before the home crowd of nearly 300 people at Salt River High School gymnasium during a home game vs. BASIS—Peoria. Phoenix Mercury CEO Jim Pittman was joined by three Phoenix Suns Hip-Hop Dancers who amped up the crowd before the game with a short performance. The Mercury mascot Scorch threw t-shirts into an excited crowd. The event ended in a finale with Mr. Pittman delivering basketball equipment to Head Basketball Coach Dino Puccetti, Athletic Director Brandon Tauscher, and Principal Jon Gentile. The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team members were each given matching gray travel uniforms with the Salt River High School logo embroidered on the jackets.
“The partnership has been a wonderful opportunity for our kids and their families to be able to experience basketball at its highest level with the Phoenix Mercury,” said SRHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Dino Puccetti. “We have taken away a lot of positive experiences from our work with the Mercury this year that the girls will take away with them for the rest of their lives.”