Britney Griner, Sha-Asia Washington Semple the focus of ‘Ballin for Women’s Rights’ basketball game
Members of the Brooklyn community came together on Sunday for a basketball game at St. Johns Park to support womens rights.
“Ballin for Womens Rights” was hosted in support of Britney Griner, a 31-year-old WNBA player for the Phoenix Mercury, was convicted last month after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. She was sentence to nine years in prison.
This game is also in honor of Sha-Asia Washington Semple, a Brooklyn woman who died during childbirth at Woodhull hospital in 2020. Since then, her name has been on the forefront for organizations fighting for women’s reproductive rights, especially African American women.
According to the CDC, African American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women.
All the funds raised from Sundays game will go toward helping Sha-Asias 2-year-old daughter, Chloe.