Target: Head Coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich
Goal: Applaud the San Antonio Spurs for being the first team to hire a female assistant coach
The San Antonio Spurs announced that Becky Hammon will be joining their team as assistant coach after retiring from the San Antonio Stars. Although Hammon is not the first female to join an NBA coaching staff, she is the NBA’s first full-time female assistant.
Hammon has played sixteen seasons in the WNBA and is a six-time WNBA All-Star. She was also named one of the fifteen best players in the league, averaging 13.1 points per game throughout her career. After a knee injury in 2013, she spent a lot of time around the Spurs organization. According to a New York Times article, she attended practices, coaching meetings, and film-review sessions, referring to the whole experience as “an internship.”
“Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball I.Q., work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs,” said head coach Gregg Popovich. In addition, Popovich emphasized that the main reason behind hiring Hammon relates to her experience and expertise in basketball, not her gender. The Spurs have been known for their “outside-the-box thinking” and thus, it is not a surprise that they are the first NBA team to hire a female full-time coach.
By signing the petition below, applaud Popovich for recognizing Hammon’s talent regardless of her gender and doing what is best for the team.
Dear Head Coach Gregg Popovich,
Thanks to your decision, Becky Hammon will be the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs have often been credited for its “outside-the-box thinking,” but hiring a woman should not be considered “outside-the-box” in the NBA.
After your team’s fifth championship, it is obvious that your judgment has been an important factor to the Spur’s success. Thus, I praise your judgment in hiring Hammon to fill the spot of assistant coach. She has been a vital part of the team in the 2013-2014 season, attending meetings, reviewing film, and assisting in practices. In addition it is Hammon’s “basketball I.Q., work ethic and interpersonal skills” that you cite as reasons behind your decision. Therefore, I would like to applaud your decision once more in hiring Hammon and recognizing talent when you see it—independent of gender.
[Your Name Here]
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