All Star People Too

09.03.2010

The top basketball players in the world are in the limelight at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game in Gdynia.

However, for an hour before Tuesday's game, the players put their attention on something more important.

All-stars paid visits to an orphanage, and a children's hospital.

"I love children and it's important that we meet them, and thank those who look after them and give them a home," said Team Europe's Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, the Spartak Moscow Region star.

Alba Torrens, the FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year from Spain, and Good Angels Kosice forward Candice Dupree, accompanied Jekabsone-Zogota.

Marta Fernandez was also taking care of the very young patients in a Gdynia kids hospital
Marta Fernandez was also taking care of the very young patients in a Gdynia children's hospital

Wisla Can-Pack Krakow's Marta Fernandez was among those who went to the children's hospital.

One child wanted to know how Dupree got her start in professional basketball, so she shared her experience of playing in college at Temple University in Philadelphia before turning pro.

By the end, children requested autographs, took photos with Torrens, Jekabsone-Zogota and Dupree, and reached  out for hugs.

Dupree was asked about the importance of reaching out to children during the All-Star event.

"I think it's important regardless of whether it's an All-Star event or not," she said.

"The kids always enjoy seeing special athletes, the people they look up to, aspire to be.

"So for us to come out here and give them an opportunity to play with new toys, meet new faces and bring smiles to their faces, I always enjoy that."


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