Katie Douglas donates 200 Sun-Mercury tickets to Connecticut nonprofits


An additional 200 fans will get to see liveWNBA action on Sunday afternoon, thanks to former player Katie Douglas’ ticket donation for Round Two of the 2017 Playoffs.

Douglas, who retired in 2015, said in the team’s official press release that the gesture is her “way of giving back.” She is the Sun’s all-time leader in made three-pointers and played for the team for six seasons, including her final one in 2014.

The donated tickets will be given to local non-profits.

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She added that, “the environment around a Connecticut Sun playoff game is amazing, and this will allow deserving kids to experience the best the WNBA has to offer.” Indeed, the Sun have experienced phenomenal growth this season, and appear to have the front-runner for both Coach of the Year and Most Improved Player.

Douglas’ gesture will give many people the opportunity to see a Sun game that may previously never have done so. The donation serves two purposes: to invest in the local community, and to push focus further onto the WNBA. Playoff basketball is the best the league has to offer.

Connecticut grew their average attendance by 15.3 percent this season, according to recent reports. Sun fans turned out in record number to see the team, and it will be interesting to see if they continue to do so into the playoffs. Douglas’ donation also serves to draw attention to the game locally and nationally.

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The second-round game between the fifth-ranked Phoenix Mercury and third-ranked Connecticut Sun begins at 3:00 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena.