Miss USA teams up with WNBA stars to help kids at New London basketball camp


A big opportunity for these up and coming ball players, learning from the best the WNBA has to offer.

Maya Moore and Lindsey Whalen were back in Connecticut for the WNBA All Star game, and stopped by BennieDoverJacksonMiddle School to share their skills.

“What are you working on?’’ News 8’s Tina Detelj asked Cailee Parker of New London.

“Shooting and dribbling and passing,” she said.

“I’m trying to get better at defense,” said Tayeshawn Pemberton, also of New London.

Miss USA was also back in her home state. Erin Brady was the first Miss Connecticut to capture the national title, and she showed up to the event to help with the kids.

The kids were going through a bunch of different drills but you know what they also have some skills.

“I’ve seen a couple [future WNBA stars] here,” said Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, who used to star for the Sun. “Kids are getting taller and taller.”

“I see some kids out here who can handle the ball,” said former UConn star and Whalen’s Lynx teammate Maya Moore. “You know it’s really impressive when they’re so young and they can handle the ball.”

They’re also the first to try out this newly refnished floor.

“How much of an improvement is this floor?,” asked Tina Detelj.

“One thousand percent,” said Peg Curtain of the New London Board of Education. “Before it was kind of warped. People would trip.”

The court could have cost $80,000 but the city scored as Bona and WNBA Cares covered the cost.

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