Dream draw crowd for practice at Meadowcreek
NORCROSS — One of the biggest aspects of professional sports is how they interact with their hometown community and give back to their fans.
Atlanta’s WNBA franchise, the Dream, paid a special visit Wednesday to Meadowcreek High School in what they refer to as the “Take the Show on the Road” initiative.
The main attraction was rookie Carla Cortijo, who is the first Puerto Rico-born player in the 20-year history of the WNBA. Puerto Ricans and other Latinos alike poured into the high school gym to root on Cortijo and the rest of the team.
The Dream sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record and are the No. 3 seed overall in the league. In order to make it into the 2016 playoffs, the Dream must finish as one of the top eight teams league-wide.
The Dream started off their live practice with some passing drills and free-throw shooting and finished things off with a blue vs. white scrimmage.
Cortijo spoke to the crowd in Spanish at the end of practice and thanked everyone for coming out and supporting her and the team.
She was proud that more Puerto Ricans are starting to get interested in the game of basketball and she’s right there leading the way.
“It’s an honor to come to Meadowcreek High School because a majority of the people that were here were Hispanic, and I’m grateful for that,” Cortijo said. “I’m in the basketball gym so I don’t get to see a lot of Hispanic people and it made it feel like home.”
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