2009-08-21 / Sports

Young Women's Basketball Team Honored By WNBA

The Environmentors cheering on friends at the Chinatown Beacon. The Environmentors cheering on friends at the Chinatown Beacon. The "Environmentors," the young women's basketball team from NYCHA Ocean Bay Community Center, were recently recognized, not only for their prowess on the basketball court, but for their continued commitment to their community. The team was honored by the WNBA and traveled to Madison Square Garden to receive recognition for a stellar season that has been interlaced with community activism with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

"These are the qualities that all coaches try to emphasize in their athletes," said their PAL coach, Darryl Devore, "and I am so proud of the girls for their achievements."

The girls participated in RWA's Environmentor After-School program and Environmentor Summer Program, aiding in the creation of a garden space, the conservation of the waterfront through stewardship and restoration efforts, and asking for increased accountability and support for ecologically sound choices in their community of Edgemere and Far Rockaway.

"It warms me to see these girls recognized," said Devona Sharpe, program coordinator with RWA, "especially because young woman are typically viewed at the periphery in sports and the sciences. It truly makes me proud to see them excel while doing what they love."

The Environmentors building raised beds at a garden in their community. The Environmentors building raised beds at a garden in their community. Since traveling to Madison Square Garden to see the legendary stadium of the New York Liberty women's basketball team, the young women have begun to gear up for next season. Although they did not make the finals this year, they are determined to bring the trophy home to Rockaway next year.

The team enjoying a game at the Chinatown Beacon. The team enjoying a game at the Chinatown Beacon.

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