How the New York Liberty Basketball Team Is Spotlighting Girl Power
The New York Liberty basketball team brought the Charlottesville Cavaliers, a youth basketball team, to Madison Square Garden on Saturday to spotlight 10-year-old Kymora Johnson, the only girl on the team.
The Cavaliers were disqualified from the Boys Under-11 NTBA tournament for having her on their team, according to The Player's Tribune.
The New York Liberty flew Johnson and her teammates to New York to play an exhibition game to spotlight that girls can (and should) be able to play with the boys.
The Player's Tribune reported that the team received a standing ovation from the crowd as they were introduced on the court.
The New York Liberty watched the game and cheered for Johnson as she played.
According to The Player's Tribune, Johnson and her teammates wore gray t-shirts that read, "Girls Don't Sit On The Bench," and the Liberty tagged the event #girlpower on its Twitter feed.
"When our staff first heard about Johnson and the Charlottesville Cavaliers, we immediately thought about bringing the team to Madison Square Garden," Kristen Bernert, Liberty senior vice president for business and basketball operations, said in a statement, according to The Players Tribune. "The New York Liberty stands for inclusion, and strives to inspire young women to burn bright in everything they do."
Take a look through pictures of Johnson at Madison Square Garden in the gallery above.
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