On Sunday, July 8, the Chicago Sky bested Kevin Durant, 2-time NBA Finals MVP and 2-time NBA Champion. He had previously held the world record for the largest single-venue basketball clinic, with 1,150 participating in his camp in New Delhi, India. This past Sunday, the Chicago Sky hosted a free basketball clinic for 1,442 people at Soldier Field, breaking Durant’s world record. With the goal of growing the sport at a grassroots level in Chicago, consider it mission accomplished. “Success for one of us in this league is success for all of us,” Sky guard Diamond DeShields said. “To have the WNBA on such a high platform as the Guinness Book of World Records will hopefully bring some promotion to our league and to our team specifically. We’re all about trying to grow this game and we want to make Chicago women’s basketball one of the premier teams in the country.”
Sky head coach, Amber Stocks, directed kids and parents through 30 minutes of basketball drills. This is special for all involved because the team is able to organically grow the sport within the city of Chicago. By having over 1,400 people participate, the Sky created a unique experience for everyone in attendance. Not only did families engage with Sky players and staff members, but they were able to do so alongside peers, neighbors and strangers. By creating a unified event, the Sky successfully used the sport to bridge the gap to its community members.
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