UNCASVILLE, Conn. (June 11, 2019) – The Connecticut Sun will celebrate inspiring women at the team’s annual Burn It Down game on June 16th when the team faces off against defending WNBA Champion Seattle Storm at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
Burn It Down is a celebration showing the next generation of young girls that there are no boundaries. Off the court, the team stands for change, for diversity and for strength and represents equality every time they step on the court. Throughout the game, the team will be celebrating by featuring women throughout the local community who are “burning down” stereotypes through their careers or their personal lives. The first 3,000 fans will receive a special Burn It Down t-shirt celebrating the day.
Elected female officials from all areas of Connecticut government and the Mohegan Tribe will be in attendance and honored at the game. Additionally, Rosa DeLauro, the U.S. Representative from Connecticut’s 3rd district and Jahana Hayes, the U.S. Representative from Connecticut’s 5th district, will each receive the Margo Dydek Award in absentia. DeLauro has served the state in Congress since 1991 and is current the dean of Connecticut’s congressional delegation. Hayes, a former educator and National Teacher of the Year, is in her first term in Congress.
The Margo Dydek Award, named after the former Sun center, is given to an outstanding woman who has distinguished themselves while positively impacting the local community. Previous recipients of the award include ESPN broadcaster Holly Rowe, UConn women’s basketball associate head coach Chris Dailey, PGA of America President Suzy Whaley, former Connecticut governor M. Jodi Rell and former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo.
Performing the national anthem and at halftime will be Grace Kelly, a 26-year-old singer, saxophonist and songwriter/composer who has been featured in Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world. The winner of the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest grand prize, Kelly has appeared regularly in the house band for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards and placed second in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Kelly, who wrote her first song at seven years old, has performed in over 800 concerts in over 30 countries around the world.