Seattle Storm, LifeWise and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite the community to celebrate the Judkins Park basketball court renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners, renovated the Judkins Park basketball court with funding support from Seattle Neighborhood Park and Street Fund Grant, Community Development Block Grant Funds and a donation from LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and Seattle Storm.  The court renovation features a new professional-sized basketball court and sideline benches.  The existing backboards on the smaller cross-courts remain for younger players. All three courts will have new court striping and benches on the sidelines.

The community is invited to join in the ribbon cutting and celebration for the project on Wednesday, Dec. 9., with the ceremony scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.  Seattle Parks and Recreation Deputy Superintendent Christopher Williams will be on hand to celebrate the refurbished courts.

The Storm will offer a skills and drills session, beginning at 3:45 p.m., for youth led by Storm guard Monica Wright and assistant coach Leah Drury. Doppler, the Storm’s mascot, will also attend the event to greet fans.

Through the LifeWise Community Assist program, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington donated $15 for each assist from the Storm’s 2015 season, totaling $7,500. These funds were earmarked for the refurbishment of a basketball court in the Seattle parks. The 23rd Avenue Advisory Core Team worked with the City to receive the grants.

The Judkins Park address is 2150 S Norman St, 98144. Judkins Park basketball court and a small parking lot are located at the corner of 22nd Ave S. and S Judkins St. Community members are encouraged to walk or take Metro #48.

About LifeWise Health Plan of Washington -More than 87,000 people turn to LifeWise Health Plan of Washington for their individual or family health coverage. And the reason is simple: we actively support all of our members’ healthy decisions. From the healthy foods you eat to the activities you take part in, LifeWise is a health partner that provides tips, tools and encouragement you can use to live the healthiest life possible.

Founded in 2002 and based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., LifeWise is part of a family of companies that cover over 2 million people. Together, we provide a number of products and services that include health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability and workforce wellness programs. For more information, please visit www.lifewisewa.com.

About the Seattle Storm – The Seattle Storm is a two-time WNBA championship team committed to bringing a premium professional basketball and entertainment experience to a fan base rich in tradition and support. The organization places high value on community and building platforms to positively impact the overall entertainment, attraction and economy of the Puget Sound region. In addition, the Storm is dedicated to local youth development in the areas of fitness and wellness; with a special emphasis on inspiring leadership, motivation and the empowerment of girls and women. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit StormBasketball.com.

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.