Storm players and coaches returned to SeaTac on Tuesday evening for the Group Health Community Practice to work and train with about 200 children at the Tyee High School.
It is the second year of the Group Health Community Practice being hosted at Tyee, which was organized in collaboration with the city of SeaTac and Seattle Southside, and it allowed local students to learn from and interact with Storm players and coaches.
“We really appreciate the Storm coming out to the city of SeaTac, joining our kids and our families,” SeaTac city manager Todd Cutts said. “Everybody is having a great time out here and the Storm players are just such great role models. They talk during the practice that it’s about hard work and having fun and helping the young people in our community understand that if they work hard and they have fun doing it, they can achieve things in their lives.”
Along with the players, Doppler and the Storm Dance Troupe performed for the crowd. The momentum of the event has built from last year and the turnout impressed members of the community.
SeaTac city council member Kathryn Campbell added, “The kids that were here last year came to school ready to talk about the Seattle Storm and what a great time they had. You can see that it really builds year to year.”
Students ranging from five to high school age worked with players in small groups on shooting, dribbling, and defensive drills. The night also included a shooting competition with players and fans.
“We’re super proud to partner with the Storm, particularly on our youth initiatives at the clinics and this community practice,” Jessie Delauney, Group Health External Relations and Community Engagement Partner, said. “It’s a great turnout, great energy. It’s a really great way for these kids to spend a summer evening and we’re just super happy to be involved.”
Seattle Southside Visitor Center Manager Kristina Thorne said, “It’s a really unique situation where the kids can connect with these professional athletes on a real intimate level. It’s really important to continue activities like this because it makes us a unique destination. We stand out from places that don’t have this.”
The Storm return to action on Friday when it hosts Indiana at KeyArena at 7 p.m.