The Girl Up family gets bigger by the day. Welcome, Mistie Bass! This WNBA star, Duke University graduate, and passionate humanitarian is now also the newest Girl Up Champion. Score!
Drafted to the WNBA in 2006, Mistie has played for the Houston Comets, Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun, and now the Phoenix Mercury. She originates from Janesville, Wisconsin and is the only WNBA athlete from her state to be named Player of the Year three times. Impressive enough as Mistie’s basketball career is, she has a heart to match. Mistie has been involved in charitable work for nearly 10 years. She has worked with Habitat for Humanity and Read to Achieve and also founded the “Read for the Cure” program while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Duke.
So why champion for girls?
Misty recently spent some time in the Middle East serving as head coach for a women’s basketball team. “I saw firsthand the disadvantages girls and women around the world face,” said Mistie. “As a Champion for Girl Up, I want to encourage WNBA fans, players, and league leadership to make a difference in the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries.” See why we like her?
No doubt, Girl Up is excited about our newest addition. “As a person that constantly redefines what women can do, we are proud to welcome Mistie Bass as the newest Champion for Girl Up,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up. “Together with Mistie, we will work to inspire girls around the globe to dream big.”