The UK’s first youngest female black Sports Editor – Me. That’s mad and Leon Mann, thank you for making it sink in. Amazing launch night for BCOMs and I am always proud to come and represent. Thank you BCOMs for your hard work – we appreciate you. It was great to attend the launch of the BCOM’s report at City Hall and share the stage with Stephen Lye and Rodney Hinds #dword3guidelaunch #MakeWavs🌊 🙏🏾
Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas has received the August WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her efforts with the WNBA’s Breast Health Awareness (BHA) initiative.
Thomas is a passionate supporter of the WNBA’s BHA program and helped lead the charge for the Sun’s Rock the Pink Weekend in August. When Thomas was at Duke, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and Thomas began dedicating her time to the fight against cancer in honor of her mom and other survivors.
In anticipation of Rock the Pink weekend, Thomas visited Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital to visit with two inspirational survivors who then attended the Rock the Pink game. On Aug. 18, Thomas hosted a post-game dinner for more than 80 guests to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The event included guest speakers, meet and greets with Sun players and staff, a raffle and silent auction, which raised nearly $6,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Thomas also created a #3pointchallenge that she named the #POWEROFONE. For her #POWEROFONE challenge, she has pledged to personally donate $5 for every three-point shot she has made throughout the season. In addition, the Sun pledged to match Thomas’ total donation amount at the end of the season.
“I am extremely passionate about Breast Health Awareness because of my connection to it,” said Thomas. “Aligning myself with the Kay Yow Fund and what they stand for with their mission to raise money for cancer research and serve the underserved is so important to me. I have committed myself to being someone who can bring the Kay Yow Fund to the WNBA and make the connection. Cancer affects our entire community.”
The WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the player who best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. In recognition of Thomas’ efforts, the WNBA and State Farm will donate $5,000 to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Weatherspoon was a five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year with the New York Liberty and finished her eight-year WNBA career with the Los Angeles Sparks. Prior to the WNBA, Weatherspoon was an international star in Italy and Russia and won Olympic gold and the NCAA national championship in 1988. Weatherspoon is currently the Director of Player and Franchise Development with the Liberty.