CONNECTICUT SUN AND SWARM BASKETBALL ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO FURTHER EXTEND YOUTH BASKETBALL IN THE COMMUNITY

For Immediate Release

The Connecticut Sun have announced a partnership with SWARM Basketball, the nation’s largest grassroots youth basketball organization.  The partnership will further broaden the Sun’s youth basketball outreach within the community and throughout the state.

The partnership will include several assets to extend the growth of youth basketball including the opportunity for SWARM to host clinics, presence on the concourse during Sun’s home games and the opportunity for SWARM to work with Sun Team President Jennifer Rizzotti and Morgan Tuck, the team’s Director of Franchise Development.

Rizzotti helped deliver the first women’s basketball national championship to the University of Connecticut in 1995 was also inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. She joined the Sun in her current role this past April.

“We are thrilled to welcome SWARM Basketball to the Sun family,” said Rizzotti. “As we look to further embrace the youth basketball landscape throughout the state, this partnership will serve as a true cornerstone in striving to achieve that.”

Tuck was a former player for the Sun, a WNBA Champion and a member of four national championships while at the University of Connecticut. She accepted her position with the Sun last month.

“We understand the importance of young athletes learning strong values through the game of basketball at an early age,” said Tuck. “Whether we are introducing new children to the game, or providing instruction to improve their skills, we are fully committed to evolving them, both on and off the court.”

“I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to share our excitement in developing women’s sports than by joining forces with the Connecticut Sun. With both organizations having paralleled visions to grow the game of basketball, specifically on the women’s side, this partnership was a no brainer. With Jen at the forefront of the Sun and Morgan Tuck coming fresh off her career, this staff advocates for everything that Swarm stands for – visibility and growth in the sports world from the ground up.” Alice Mullen-Rusin, President, Swarm Basketball

The Connecticut Sun is currently 12-6 and 7-3 in the Commissioner’s Cup standings. The team will host the Atlanta Dream on Friday, July 9 at 7pm EST at Mohegan Sun Arena. For more information on the Connecticut Sun or to purchase tickets, visit connecticutsun.com.

Swarm Basketball (www.swarm-basketball.com):

Swarm was founded in 2008 in Central Massachusetts and has been led by program CEO Michael Byrnes and program President Alice Mullen-Rusin. The program quickly grew from 5 to 250 teams and has expanded nationally at each skill level for boys and girls grades 3-12.  Swarm is now the largest club basketball program in the country with teams in 18 states in 32 regional locations.

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