CT Sun Holds Open Practice at Goodwin

Over 200 excited Connecticut Sun fans packed the gymnasium of the Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College on Tuesday, May 6, to see the state’s only major professional sports team CT Sun 125practice, meet the public, and celebrate the beginning of the new season.

Academy students hosted the open practice at their school, relishing the chance to watch professionals play on their home court.

“Man, I love it,” student Trequell Roberts said. “I asked them, ‘When can I get my one-on-one?’”

The team’s response?  “‘Maybe in a week, when you’re ready,’” Roberts said.

Team members handing out prizes to the crowd of fans.

Team members handing out prizes to the crowd of fans.

Roberts is just one of the students participating in CTRA’s inaugural Amateur Athletic Union basketball league, which Principal Linda Dadona said is helping to connect students who come to the Academy from 42 different Connecticut towns to the local Goodwin community.

“I think it’s an honor for them to host the Sun,” Dadona said of her students. “They’re pretty excited.”

The CT Sun has a longstanding relationship with Goodwin College, according to Todd Andrews, Goodwin’s Vice President of Economic & Strategic Development.  In 2012, the CT Sun Foundation made a $20,000 contribution to the school for the creation of a scholarship to support adult students returning to school to complete degrees.

Goodwin College  and Connecticut Sun mascots, Ebb and Blaze with CT Sun fan, Ivy Caudill

Goodwin College and Connecticut Sun mascots, Ebb and Blaze with CT Sun fan, Ivy Caudill

“They were aware we opened a new facility,” Andrews said of the Sun’s decision to practice at the Academy. “And they have a lot of fans in this area.

Connecting with local fans is why the team holds open practices, Head Coach Anne Donovan said.

“It really lets the girls connect with old fans and new fans,” Donovan said. “And lets them see why the Connecticut Sun is special.”

As the team signed autographs for eager fans old and young, Donovan beamed.

After practice, fans stood in line for autographs.

After practice, fans stood in line for autographs.

“They’re great role models,” she said. “They’re great people.”

The Sun begins their 12th season at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 16th against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499) or via email at tickets@connecticutsun.com. To purchase season tickets online, visit http://bit.ly/sunseason14. Mini plans can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/miniplans14.

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By: Robert Muirhead

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Posted on April 28, 2014, in Events. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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