Teamwork, except from a distance, is needed to overcome the coronavirus crisis and get back to basketball. | Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images
The WNBA family, in partnership with the NBA, is using the power of social media to offer guidance and inspiration during the coronavirus crisis.
Who wouldn’t want to be teammates with the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker?
— Los Angeles Sparks (@LA_Sparks) March 24, 2020
In the nation-wide fight against COVID-19, we are now teammates with Parker and the rest of the WNBA family. As Parker advises:
The most important thing that we all have to do right now is to be good teammates. We need everybody to hold themselves accountable and hold their loved ones, their family, their friends, their associates accountable because social distancing is going to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Through various social media platforms, WNBA players have been showing us how to be a good teammate during this uncertain time. While the Atlanta Dream’s Courtney Williams emphasized the importance of following the guidelines of health officials, the New York Liberty’s Layshia Clarendon reminded us of the importance of attending to one’s mental health.
By enlisting the assistance of their daughters, the Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree and Connecticut Sun’s Bria Holmes offered some adorable hand-washing instructions.
— WNBA (@WNBA) March 23, 2020
— WNBA (@WNBA) March 27, 2020
Expect to see more teammate advice from WNBA players on social media platforms soon.
In partnership with the NBA, the WNBA will be participating in “NBA Together.” As explained by the NBA:
The program is centered on four pillars — Know the Facts, Acts of Caring, Expand Your Community and NBA Together Live — that will amplify the latest global health and safety information, share guidelines and resources, and keep people and communities socially connected through digital tools and virtual events as everyone copes with the impact of the pandemic.
Last week, the Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne joined #NBATogetherLive, giving fans a peek into her quarantine life. On the afternoon of April 1, the Phoenix Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith and ESPN’s LaChina Robinson will conduct an #NBATogetherLive session on the NBA’s Instagram page.
As part of the Expand Your Community initiative, the NBA has established “Jr. NBA at Home,” through which NBA and WNBA stars will share socially-distant appropriate activities for aspiring young hoopers. Here’s a workout from the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd:
The NBA and WNBA also will be providing fans with a basketball-based distraction, launching the “NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown,” an online 3-on-3 NBA 2K tournament that will include NBA and WNBA players, professional games, social media influencers and fans. The Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray, Atlanta Dream’s Alexis Jones, Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas Aces’ Sugar Rodgers and Washington Mystics’ Aerial Powers are slated to participate.