Sabrina Ionescu is the kind of role model all young girls need.
The WNBA star, New York Liberty No. 1 pick, Oregon legend and NCAA triple-double queen is one of the most fiery and passionate basketball players on the planet.
But when she’s not cookin’ triple doubles on the court and shutting down misogynistic trolls, Ionescu is serving up a message to young girls that women can play the game of basketball just as well as men.
On Thursday, Twitter user @diandraann shared out a photo of her 7-year-old daughter Julisabel, who received a very special message from the G.O.A.T. herself.
“Thank you for watching my first WNBA game! Like your mom said, you can do anything. I teamed up with Nike to send you some basketball gear so you can start playing the game just like me and my teammates. Enjoy!”
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Sabrina sent Julisabel more than a handwritten note, the WNBA superstar also delivered Nike gear and Liberty swag.
Her mom replied with this response: “In a world full of people telling her she can’t, I’m so proud for the ones telling her she CAN. This is why the WNBA is so important.”
Many on Twitter were humbled by Ionescu’s inspirational gesture.
If she can see it, she can be it!— Caiti Donovan (@Caiti326) August 6, 2020
Bravo @sabrina_i20 for embracing your pos. of #rolemodel as much as you do that of point guard.
Julisabel - looking forward to reading about this again in 14 years as you’re getting drafted & they discuss your early inspirations 🙌❤️🏀 https://t.co/L7BlxuIPwj
This is the work that female athletes do to BUILD the next generation every day without recognition!! Julisabel, you CAN BE ANYTHING, and hearing that from @sabrina_i20 and @Nike is what will ensure she will NEVER forget it. #FutureBaller #thursdayvibes @wnba @TheWNBPA https://t.co/qcS12Xqc9v— Anya Packer (@battaglinoa) August 6, 2020
The world truly needs more role models like Sabrina. Not all heroes wear capes.
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