Los Angeles Sparks fans have wondered why the team didn’t have a pre-season pep rally this year, as they have in past seasons, and what team appearances they will make, as the team has been fairly invisible this year. Ben Alkaly, Sparks Director of Communications, took time out to give me some answers to these questions.
The Sparks’ shorter pre-season schedule had them away on all weekends except Memorial Day weekend Sunday, when they were coming back from Albequerque, N.M., according to Alkaly.
The Trader Joe’s event, which has been popular in the past, has involved players “working” at a Long Beach location of the store for a few hours and signing autographs for fans. This year TJ’s and the Sparks are working to make that event a community service project that will send players to a local food bank. Alkaly said that will be at a date in August to be determined.
A full recap of all the Sparks events this year is here.
“We’re still very active in the community, and participated in some new events this year including the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women (which draws over 40K people to Exposition Park) and the Navasartian Games,” Alkaly said.