The boys have been playing city-league basketball this year for the first time, so they have been pretty engrossed with basketball this summer. They weren't too sure about watching girls play, but by the end of the first period, they were enjoying it and forgot that they complained a bit about going to the game. Lydia was confused, and kept wondering when her brothers were going to head down to the floor and begin their own game -- but she had a great time watching the women play.
We all enjoyed the Mercury Hip Hop Dancers as well, who entertained the crowd throughout the game. Nate at first was surprised that there were male dancers, but once he watched them, he thought it was pretty cool.
It was a fun night, and the game was fast and exciting. We hadn't really considered going before being given the opportunity, but I know we'll attend more games. I also think it would be fun to get a group of friends together and have a fun "Girls Night Out" at a future game.
Lydia's favorite part was the mascot -- Scorch. She was so excited at the chance to actually meet him after the game, but she got shy when we were close. She did get an autographed picture, and has been carrying it around with her all week. They kids also got autographed pictures of 2 of the players, and were happy to have the chance to briefly meet them. Thanks to the Mercury organization, my three children received jerseys, and they have been happily wearing them.
Lydia was disappointed that she forgot to shake the players' hands after the game, but we assured her that she may have another chance. The boys were impressed by the level of play, and had a great time. They were also very excited to get autographs, and added the pictures to their "treasure shelf" at home. As a family outing, it was a definite success! It also added a great event to our "Summer of Fun!"
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*Disclosure: Many thanks to the One2One network who helped organize this opportunity with the WNBA and our local Phoenix Mercury organization. We received tickets to the game, tshirts and jerseys for the kids. No additional compensation was provided, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.*