It was a lively event at McCoughtry’s Ice Cream in downtown Atlanta this past Friday the 13th as fans of the WNBA Atlanta Dream team gathered to meet with Head Coach Nicki Collen.
Participants could purchase Dream gear, enter a raffle for swag bags handed out by Collen herself and buy fun ice cream flavors such as strawberry lemonade or banana pudding. McCoughtry’s was opened in 2017 by Atlanta Dream player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry.
Collen was friendly and approachable, hugging fans and taking pictures. President of the team Theresa Wenzel was also in attendance. She thanked fans for their participation and invited everyone out to the opening home game against Dallas on May 26.
The coach gave a few words about the recent WBNA draft after thanking her staff, who were also present.
“We addressed a lot of needs we felt like we had in terms of depth,” she said. “We have great players that complement each other.”
Coach Collen also took questions from the audience regarding her thoughts about the upcoming season.
About her current roster she said “I think we have the players and the versatility to get it done. We have the players it’s just getting them to understand what their role is.”
On the topic of the upcoming season she commented that every game was important in getting to the coveted championship position. She left the crowd with a big promise:
“I would definitely rap in centennial park if we bring it home…when we bring it home.”
NEW YORK,March 12, 2018 – The WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the Nike New York Headquarters. ESPN2 will air the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of rounds two and three on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET. The draft will also stream live on the ESPN app.
The Atlanta Dream hold two picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 16 overall pick. Last year, the Dream selected Brittney Sykes with the No. 7 overall pick.
“We are thrilled that the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will take place at the recently opened Nike New York Headquarters,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “This is all part of our newly expanded partnership with Nike, a brand that believes in equality and the empowerment of women. The draft is a pivotal moment for the players who will be selected. For basketball fans, it is that moment when they see their favorite team’s roster taking shape with the tip-off of the new season right around the corner.”
Several top draft prospects and invited guests will be on hand for WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm at the Nike New York Headquarters, where they will be immersed in an interactive, experiential atmosphere. The 150,000-square-foot venue, which opened last June, features a 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court that will serve as the broadcast hub for the draft. The event is not open to the public.
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream announced its local Jr. NBA Coach of the Year winner, head coach Chantay Garrett-Frost of Mays High School in Atlanta.
The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year is awarded to local youth basketball coaches influencing young people’s lives on and off the court. The Jr. NBA’s goal is to honor coaches that teach the fundamentals and values of the game, and highlight the positive impact that coaches can have on the youth basketball experience.
Local youth basketball coaches nominated Coach Frost for the honor and the Dream handpicked her. Coach Frost will receive a trophy and recognition on JrNBA.com.
On this episode Chicks into Sports Contributor Kaelyn Green breaksdown NASCAR-The Pennzoil 400, Alicia breaks down March Madness. The ladies also discussed the Winter Olympics Closing ceremony and highlights, March Madness, Atlanta Hawks, Falcons owner Arthur Blanks being inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and much more…GAME ON!
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will open its 11th season with a preseason game at Chicago on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be played at the Sky’s new home, Wintrust Arena.
This will be Coach Nicki Collen’s debut game as the Dream’s head coach.
“I am excited about both opportunities in the preseason,” Head coach Nicki Colleen said. “Both games give us a chance to see who shines when the lights come on and begin the process of finding rotations that work well together. The competition will also help our staff assess who should be on our opening day roster as we begin this 2018 campaign.”
In 2015, Gilbert Arenas, a retired NBA player, who is known for having “no chill” made some very negative remarks about WNBA players. Arenas “recommended that the women dress like they are getting ready to go work at a strip club rather than play basketball to make the league more popular.”, which led me to the question of why women have to look a certain way to get a man’s attention, especially if they play the same sport. The WNBA released a statement about his remarks on the WNBA, in return, defending the players and clarifying that his statements were absolutely wrong.
Recently, Angel McCoughtry, WNBA player for the Atlanta Dream made a statement in an interview where she said “Pay us like you pay the men.”. She went into further detail on how she feels bad about having to go out of the country to get paid more for what she loves to do and wants a solution for the unequal pay situation that is still prevalent for women in professional sports. Also, she responded to negative comments on her Instagram page to speak for all women who feel how she does:
“So basically I have been getting a lot of negative messages lately all because I said I want to get paid more in my own country! In particular I’ve noticed most of the really mean-spirited comments have been coming from men who seem determined to compare us women athletes to our male counterparts. My question is why? Why invest so much hateful energy into knocking the female athlete? Clearly our bodies are not made the same and our games are different so why make the comparison? I wish they would judge us on our own merit, or if not at least judge us in the one area where our game and the men’s game is the same – That is when we go out there our main goal is to entertain! We live for the smiles and the roar of the crowd, we live to win, for ourselves and for our amazing fans! And sure we enjoy the fact that we’re paid to do it, wouldn’t you? Why hate on that? For all the people out there who were upset by me saying I wish I could get paid more I offer this…the next time you go to your boss and ask for a raise for the hard work you do I want you to picture me routing you on. Trust me I route for success, for me and for others. Why should we ever route against one another? As for the game I play, the game I love, if you don’t like it that’s cool but the negativity is so pointless. I honestly feel though that most people who slam the women’s game have never really given it a chance. I always tell people come try a game once, and if you don’t like it then I will refund your ticket myself. Trust me I haven’t had to refund a ticket yet! That being said if you want to get at me with a comment? How about suggesting constructive ways to help us make the game more entertaining? Instead of hurting why not help? Help me continue to help my teams win! Help me to grow my game’s popularity! Help me to continue to help my country win Gold 🥇 ! Help me to continue to be great !! Help ME to entertain YOU!!! Encourage don’t discourage!!”
Questions I have about this include reasons of why we’re still talking about gender equality in sports in 2018?
Why are women so unworthy of attention or equal pay to men in the same exact career field? Why should women have to look a certain way to gain attention from men? Why should men and women be against each other when support could just unite them? How can sports get more entertaining for both genders to gain equal attention? To what extent can women reach men to gather more support for women in the world of sports? Another interesting point I thought of was how come we rarely see players of the same sport but of different gender dating or hanging out? How can we solve this socioeconomic issue and bring both women and men in the same career field closer?