|12 April 2006|
Women’s basketball was showcased and celebrated this past weekend in Parma, Italy with an All-Star game and festivities.
Italy’s national team defeated an Italian league All-Star selection 83-72 in an environment that displayed the Year of Women’s Basketball.
Players warmed up in their Year of Women’s Basketball t-shirts and took part in a photo shoot.
On-court stickers also displayed the project’s logo as well as all printed materials related to the event. Former Italian superstar player Mara Fullin was named the official role model for the Year of Women’s Basketball in Italy.
|Donette Snow at the 2006 Italian Women's League All-Star Game|
Kedra Holland-Corn, the Italian league’s leading scorer, won the three-point shoot-out and Parma’s Michelle Snow brought the crowd to their feet with a dunk as part of the post-game show.
Esther Wender, Project Manager for the Year of Women’s Basketball, was on hand for the event and did an interview for SAT-TV in Italy.
“There are only a handful of All-Star games that I have seen in my life that were as intense as what we witnessed in Parma,” Wender said.
“I was very pleased to see such a high level of play and I am encouraged by the support and enthusiasm that the Italians have shown towards the Year of Women’s Basketball.”
The Year of Women’s Basketball is a prestigious initiative by FIBA Europe and its member federations to bring focus to women’s basketball in order to improve recognition and respect for the sport and all female participants in the game.
The project was first launched in Hungary last month during the EuroLeague Women All-Star game and will culminate at EuroBasket Women 2007.