April 05, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - All-Star guard Merlakia Jones, of the WNBA's Cleveland Rockers, will be giving a presentation on what it is like to be a professional female athlete on Saturday, March 24 at approximately 11:15 a.m. in Mount Union's Timken Gymnasium.

As one of the featured events for Women's History Month, Jones will be speaking following a morning of activities, all of which encompass the theme, "Women's Sports Then and Now."

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Jennifer Henley, Mount Union head women's basketball coach, will be holding a free basketball clinic for elementary school girls. Girls from the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

Following the clinic at 10:30 a.m., alumnae who were the first competitive women athletes at Mount Union will play a short exhibition basketball game, after which they will participate in a panel discussion, sharing stories of what it was like to be a female athlete years ago. The discussion will be moderated by Pam Creedon, former Mount Union Board of Trustees member and editor of a book on women and sportswriting.

All events are free and open to the public.

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