“Mouse” Valuable Players say “Go Huskies!”

When do mice cheer on huskies? When the University of Washington Women’s Basketball Team goes to the NCAA Final Four, they do!

When the Huskies women represented UW in the NCAA Final Four last month, our fabulous Critter Team volunteers huddled up and realized that our elite team of lady mice wanted in on the action. Here they are dedicating a practice to the Dawgs:


(From left to right: Titanium, Tin and Iodine)

These ladies are not only full of skills and spirit, but also show off their smarts off the court as the “Periodic Table of Elemice.” (See the Small Mammals section on our adoptable animals webpage and you’ll see what we mean.)

Meet our team captains:

  • Titanium: 2.5 inches  tall, enjoys eating lots of greens
  • Tin (aka Tina): 2.7 inches tall, always looking out for her teammates
  • Iodine: 2.3 inches tall, loves working out on the wheel

Dedicated team members, these ladies and the rest of their squad would love to be adopted in pairs. Could you be the new coach they’ve been waiting for?

Learn about all our adoptable athletes by clicking Adopt at seattleanimalshelter.org.

Summer Drills and Skills program schools 90+ youth

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Bitter Lake Community Center teamed up with the Aaron Brooks Foundation again this summer to serve more than 90 youth between the ages of 8-19 in the Drills and Skills program. The Drills and Skills program connects with students’ recreational interests while also engaging them in structured, curriculum-based activities to gain successful life skills.  It empowers youth to become successful citizens by providing a safe, nurturing environment where they will develop their academic, social and leadership skills.

Drills and Skills is also offered at Bitter Lake Community Center for free during the school year (Mondays from 3-7 p.m.), historically serving upwards of 50 youth.  This fall, the program will also expand to four new sites, Garfield, Yesler, Rainier Beach, and Van Asselt community centers. To register, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd leads free basketball clinic for 60+ youth

More than 60 girls participated in a free basketball clinic led by Seattle Storm on April 18.

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd with clinic participants at Jefferson Community Center.

On Saturday, April 18, Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, the first pick in the 2015 WNBA draft, led a free basketball clinic for 62 young girls at Jefferson Community Center.

Loyd was assisted by Storm staff and officers from the Seattle Police Department. Each participant was given a free t-shirt and two tickets to Youth Fitness night at Key Arena.

Special thanks to Navreet Gill, Senior Community Service Manager of the Seattle Storm for organizing the clinic, Group Health Cooperative for providing shirts and tickets to a Storm game, the Seattle Police Department for their work with the participants and Jefferson Community Center staff.

Register now for Seattle Storm basketball clinic with Sue Bird

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free basketball clinic with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Jefferson Community Center.

The clinic is open to all girls ages 6-12. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Bird will lead the group in technique and skill development. For more information on activities, call Navreet Gill at 206-272-2516 or email NGill@StormBasketball.com.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. To register for the clinic, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp  and use course #134534. You may also register in person at any of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community centers.

Register now for Seattle Storm basketball clinic with Sue Bird

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free basketball clinic with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Jefferson Community Center.

The clinic is open to all girls ages 6-12. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Bird will lead the group in technique and skill development. For more information on activities, call Navreet Gill at 206-272-2516 or email NGill@StormBasketball.com.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. To register for the clinic, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp  and use course #134534. You may also register in person at any of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community centers.