OKBET Basketball – While center Brittney Griner has been imprisoned in Russia since February, her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury, has continued to make her presence known in the league and in the local community.
In her absence, she will work with Griner’s foundation, BG’s Heart & Sole Shoe Drive. The Mercury announced on Wednesday that the team and its fans had collected over 3,200 pairs of new and gently used shoes and raised over $27,000 for the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Okbet basketball
According to the Mercury, this season’s drive collected more shoes than the program’s first four years combined, which totaled approximately 2,000 pairs. Griner, who will turn 32 in October, has long been known in Phoenix for her work with those in need, and the Mercury wanted to ensure that mission continued.
The team partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission throughout the season for three distribution events. Mercury players, coaches, staff, and fans distributed shoes, hygiene kits, water, and other resources to those in need. Okbet basketball
According to the Mercury, other WNBA teams held similar shoe drives in their respective markets, with more than 3,400 pairs collected.
Griner started BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive in 2016 after seeing homeless people without shoes in the heat of Phoenix during the summer. Since moving to Phoenix in 2013, Griner has received the WNBA Community Assist Award multiple times for her contributions to the community.
Throughout the season, Mercury coaches and players have frequently expressed their support for Griner, whom the team selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and who helped the team win the 2014 championship. Okbet basketball Griner has also won two Olympic gold medals for Team USA.
She was arrested on drug charges at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in February while returning to Russia to finish her overseas season. Griner pleaded guilty in July, claiming that the hashish oil-laced vape cartridges were unintentionally in her luggage. Griner had no choice but to enter a guilty plea, according to Russian legal experts.
In early August, she was sentenced to nine years in prison. Experts believe that a prisoner swap between the US and Russia would give her the best chance of being released sooner.
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