Ahead of the 2022 WNBA All-Star game in Chicago, Naperville Central girls basketball legend and Chicago Sky forward, Candace Parker, partnered with Gatorade to make a $25,000 donation to Girls in the Game. The donation was presented as the unveiling of a mural designed by Chicago artist Fantasia Ariel as part of Gatorade’s Fuel Tomorrow initiative, which seeks to help kids have equal opportunities to play sports and realize their potential.
Empowering Girls in Sports
Girls in the Game is a local organization empowering girls through sports, health and leadership programs. The donation will help continue open doors and provide access to sports to more girls in the Chicagoland area.
The mural was dedicated to Title IX, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. The hope is to encourage girls to embrace the power of sport, not matter which one they choose to play.
Parker Continues Hall of Fame Career
Candace Parker is currently competing in her second WNBA season with the Chicago Sky and her 15th in the league overall. Earlier this season, she became the WNBA’s All-time leader in triple doubles and became the first player to record at least 6,000 career points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists. On Saturday night, following the mural unveiling and donation, Parker played as a starter in the WNBA All-Star game, representing her hometown Sky.