CHICAGO– The WNBA has postponed its three games scheduled for August 27, which included the Chicago Sky taking on the Indiana Fever.
The league initially delayed three games on August 26 as part of a nationwide call to shed light on racial injustice, which began with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play their game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Information on the rescheduling of these contests has not been determined.
“We came here for a reason and that was to amplify our voices,” WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike said. “And the only way that happens is if we’re out here. We’re going to keep doing it off the court and on the court.”
During a conversation with ESPN’s Holly Rowe, players stood in solidarity together from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“This is not a strike,” Ogwumike said. “This is not a boycott. This is a day of action.”
The women of the WNBA and Chicago Sky have been at the forefront of addressing and recognizing social justice issues this season. The Sky recently put out this statement:
“The principal owners of the Chicago Sky are incredibly proud of the inspiring and courageous leadership on social justice issues displayed by the powerful women of the Sky and the WNBA and we continue to support their ongoing efforts to shine a light on these injustices—especially towards women of color—and their actions to make our nation better, strong and equitable.”
Sky players have been donating $10 for each point scored, $100 for every win and $50 per loss as part of the #SkyTakesAction initiative which helps support local organizations fighting for equality. In addition, players such as Gabby Williams, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, Stefanie Dolson and Kahleah Copper are utilizing their platform to donate to additional causes throughout the season as well. Sky owner Michael Alter, minority owner John Rogers, Bob Arthur and Susan Anderson of Magellan Corporation announced they will be matching all player donations earlier this month too.
Williams is auctioning off a pair of game-worn, customized shoes where all the money raised will be donated to the Chicago Community Bond Fund. In addition, she will be matching the amount her shoes auction for and donating that total to the fund. Williams and Sky guard Diamond DeShields worked with former Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho to help bring #SkyTakesAction to life.
You can learn more about other player initiatives here.
“It’s traumatizing, it’s exhausting,” Williams said earlier this season. “To see people who look like you, people who do the same things as you, be murdered in cold blood, and then people turn their back and tell you that your life just doesn’t matter. Or they try to distract you and say, “all lives matter,” or whatever it is. The fact that we have to fight to exist is exhausting And we’re just exhausted. And we’re sick and tired of it. We’re tired of seeing images of people who look like us, who look like our brothers , who look like my little brother! I worry about everything that he does. So, it’s not hard for it to not distract me from basketball, because I’m a person before I’m a basketball player. And that’s how we all feel.”