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WVU women’s basketball to host “I Belong” Day

Created on:   Sat, Jan 27, 2018   7:27 AM

Last modified:   Sat, Jan 27, 2018   7:27 AM

The Dominion Post

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN – When Mike Carey and the rest of the West Virginia women’s basketball coaching staff took in a WNBA game last year between the Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream to watch two former WVU players, they were intrigued by the diversity event that the teams hosted during the game.

So much so, that they felt compelled to bring a similar event to Morgantown and the WVU Coliseum.

“It was interesting to see how many people got involved,” Carey said. “They did it with different schools in the area and that type of stuff. But, coming out of that, we thought, ‘man, it would be great to have that here at West Virginia and get a lot of people involved.’”

As a result, on Sunday Jan. 28, WVU women’s basketball, in collaboration with WVU’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will host “I Belong” Day at the Coliseum before and during the Mountaineers’ nationally televised showdown with No. 3 Baylor at 3 p.m.

“We hear from so many different people that they’re not sure if they can go to a sporting event because of their race, or their culture, their religion or anything,” said Pat Biondo, Director of Basketball Operations for WVU women’s basketball. “So we wanted a place where we could be welcoming to everybody. We’re really excited to educate the youth and their families and the community.”