Teams can earn up to $10,000 by competing in the tournament
SEATTLE — Force 10 Sports Management today announced that Force 10 3×3, its 3×3 basketball division, has received a wild card from the Alberta Basketball Association to enter a team in the Edmonton stop of the FIBA Women’s Series on July 29-30, in Canada. Force 10, which is now the first privately-owned team in the Americas to compete in the Women’s Series, will be represented by Blake Dietrick, Alexis Peterson, Kat Westbeld, Merritt Hempe.
In addition, four Force 10 players will participate in the event with other teams, increasing the program’s representation in Edmonton to eight. Linnae Harper and Breanna Richardson were named to the USA roster, while Camille Zimmerman and Natalie Kucowski pledged to dress for EXE Wing (Japan). That number is a result of a long-standing commitment to the development of 3×3 in the country and a recently announced partnership with Japanese pro sports league 3×3.EXE PREMIER.
“Growing the women’s 3×3 game both nationally and internationally has been the top priority for Force 10. Three years into our program, it is exciting to see eight Force 10 players in this tournament,” said Alisha Valavanis, President and CEO at the Seattle Storm an Force 10 Sports Management. “We appreciate the Alberta Basketball Association for choosing Force 10 as the wild card recipient for their event and wish them the best of luck with this tournament.”
“I am a believer that expanding the reach of FIBA3x3 into the women’s game is essential. In order to draw and inspire girls and women to embrace 3×3 means working with committed, outstanding organizations like Force 10,” said Paul Sir, Executive Director at Alberta Basketball Association. “To be able to add their team into the mix with the top national teams in the world should demonstrate that not only is collaboration essential, but that it will help accelerate the rapid rise in the quality and depth of great teams in the world. The Alberta Basketball Association is proud and excited to welcome Force 10 to Edmonton in this year’s outstanding Women’s Series!”
FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series is the FIBA 3×3 competition dedicated to women, offering athletes a chance to play at the highest level on a regular basis while earning FIBA points and up to $10,000 in prize money. Of the 11 stops scheduled for 2022, four have already taken place, including two showcasing Force 10 talent. The grand final is set for September 17-18 and will feature the 12 best ranked teams in the circuit.