NEW YORK — Los Angeles Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones, a Riceboro native, in August received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for her commitment to her community.
The award is presented monthly during the season to the player who best reflects the league’s passion for making a difference in the community
Milton-Jones, a Bradwell Institute
a former University of Florida star, works closely with the Special Needs Network, a pro-gram that is dedicated to the needs of under-served families struggling with raising children with developmental disabilities.
“The children from Special Needs Network are no different than us,” Milton-Jones said. “We have to make sure that we give them the opportunity to thrive and enjoy the same things that other children get to experience.”
In addition to her efforts through the team’s community-outreach initiatives, Milton-Jones participated in a basketball clinic with the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. The event was part of the Summer Night Lights Sparks Clinics and provided underprivileged youth in L.A. the opportunity to spend time and learn from Sparks players.
During the clinic, Milton-Jones discussed the importance of health, education and perseverance to be the best athlete possible.
In conjunction with WNBA Hoop Troop, Milton-Jones also participated in a Cartoon Network “Move It” Tour. She brought her Olympic and professional experiences to discuss the importance of staying active and following a healthy lifestyle.
In recognition of Milton-Jones’ charitable efforts, the WNBA will donate $5,000 to The Huddle Mentoring Group on her behalf.