Moruya Basketball’s miniballers were treated to an amazing surprise on Tuesday when current Australian Opal and WNBA superstar Lauren Jackson paid a visit to Moruya Basketball Stadium.
The Moruya Miniballers were enthralled and inspired by the presence of Jackson who is regarded by many as being the best female basketballer in the world. Earlier this year, Jackson was named the WNBA’s most valuable player after leading her Seattle Storm team to the championship.
Jackson is currently enjoying a short break before heading off to Russia on Thursday, which will be followed by a return to America after Christmas.
The Opals captain found some time out from her busy schedule to call into Moruya Basketball Stadium to share her knowledge with the Moruya miniball players and coaches as well as some local rep players.
Moruya Basketball official Donna Berry said Jackson’s appearance was very well received by the young basketballers in attendance.
“The miniballers had a great chat with Lauren about her experience as a junior and where it all began for her in Albury,” she said.
“Lauren also spoke about life as a professional player and playing overseas for Australia and in the European and American competitions.”
“The kids also got to show their dribbling prowess alongside Lauren.”
Berry said Jackson would be welcome to return to Moruya at any time.
“We are all so lucky to meet such a wonderful ambassador for the sport of basketball and we are all hoping she may call in again when in Moruya.”
Junior coaches will be on court with head coach Karl Croker for the remaining five weeks of the learn-to- play miniball program on Tuesday afternoons.