Chicago Sky's Preseason Includes United Center, Disney World

Chicago Sky's Preseason Includes United Center, Disney World
In the land of the Magic Kingdom..Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Elena, Brittany, Diana and Tamika? The WNBA begins preseason at the ESPN Sports Center at Disney World!

She could have been an NHL goalie! The Chicago Sky's  2013 Rookie of the Year, Elena Delle Donne, will participate in the "Shoot the Puck" competition at Game 6 of the Chicago Blackhawks playoff series against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Center

Shoot the puck? No problem for the Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne

Shoot the puck? No problem for the Chicago Sky's iron-pumping Elena Delle Donne!

Delle Donne joins a prestigious list of Chicago sports stars who have appeared in the "Shoot the Puck" competition. Previous contestants include: Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long and cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman, Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and legend Frank Thomas and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and ESPN's Michael Wilbon.

That's just one of the activities of the preseason for the Sky, who will also headline the first-ever WNBA Preseason Tournament featuring the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury.

The WNBA is partnering with the AAU and Disney to bring together young women who are learning the game and some of today's top talent in women's basketball.

The tournament will be played the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, FL.

The Sky, posting the best record (24-10) in the Eastern Conference, will face their nemesis, the Indiana Fever, featuring Chicago native and former league MVP Tamika Catchings.

Following the Sky-Fever is a clash between two Western Conference foes, the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx with All-Stars Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus, and the Phoenix Mercury, featuring 6'8 center Brittany Griner and future Hall of Famer Diana Taurasi.

The tournament tips off at 5:00 p.m. CT on May 9 with a battle between the Sky and the Fever.

The winners of the opening round of games will meet in a championship game on Sunday, May 11, at 12:00 p.m. CT. The other two teams will compete in a consolation game at 9:30 a.m CT prior to the championship.

In addition to the four-game tournament, a full slate of clinics, practices and autograph sessions featuring the WNBA players and coaches will be conducted in conjunction with the AAU Spring Fling II girls' basketball event which will also be hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Over 1,500 girls basketball players from the 3rd through 12th grade divisions will be on site competing in the AAU event.

"The WNBA is thrilled to be partnering with AAU and Disney to bring young women who are learning the game and some of today's top talent in women's basketball to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. "This weekend of tournaments will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the current and future talent in our sport."

Tickets may be purchased at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.  The two-game package for Friday, May 9 is available for $20, as is the two-game package for Sunday, May 11. A four-game package is available for $35. *Prices do not include any service or printing fees.

The Sky travels from Orlando to Delaware for their final 2014 preseason game. The game played at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center will count as a home game for Chicago as reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, and Delaware native, Elena Delle Donne and the Sky take on the Washington Mystics.

 

 

 

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