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Contained in the WNBA’s Sisterhood of the Divine 9

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Calling PlaymaKer, UnFazed Dove and UnbreaKable to the entrance of the road! 

PlaymaKer…aka WNBA champion, Defensive Participant of the Yr, two-time Most Precious Participant and South Carolina’s best! You’ve been known as to the road in your resilience and the grit you’ve proven in your neighborhood, as your statue reigns within the metropolis that you simply’ve given a lot to, proving that you simply have been constructed for this second. 

UnFazed Dove, you’re right here for a cause! You’ve conquered each problem and proven up in moments all of us knew you have been prepared to face up tall in opposition to. No. 1 total choose, WNBA All-Star as a rookie and Rookie of the Yr—you pushed the boundaries for us

UnbreaKable, you’ve weathered the storm and remained true to your self! You have been properly ready for this second, as you’ve identified for a very long time that this journey wouldn’t be straightforward, however it will be value it. Two-time SEC Participant of the Yr, “Superwoman,” the one who took an opportunity and proved why you have been known as to be right here on this stage. 

A’ja Wilson, Rhyne Howard and Tiffany Mitchell symbolize the W as leaders of the sport, however all three have cemented their legacies on and off the court docket as girls of the Divine 9. 

“Divine 9 means tradition and historical past,” says the Aces’ Wilson, who turned a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. “[Divine Nine] laid the muse down for me and my technology to proceed to attempt and have a seat on the desk.”

The Divine 9 is the time period used for the group of 9 Black Greek organizations. Repping your chapter is a sacred second, a badge of honor, from the pearls to the letterman jackets. The sisterhood/brotherhood is the top of who we’re as a neighborhood. 

“We stick collectively by ups and downs, working to deliver the very best out of one another,” Mitchell, additionally a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, says. “You make bonds with totally different girls from all walks of life and are available collectively to bond over a standard aim and likeness.” 

The Divine 9 has given a voice to Black college students throughout the nation to really feel seen, heard and acknowledged. Mitchell and Wilson embody the Alpha Ladies and Rhyne Howard exemplifies what it means to be a Zeta. 

“The W household is particular,” Howard, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, says. Evaluating the Divine 9 sororities to the W, Howard says, “Every chapter inside itself is a household, however all collectively, it’s like a household reunion.”

With 12 W groups and 4 sororities throughout the Divine 9, there’s a novel competitiveness among the many group. 

“With the ability to have that ‘rivalry’ with different organizations is enjoyable in itself,” Howard says, “but in addition realizing we’re all preventing for a similar factor, having this area and being round people who find themselves going to combat for the stuff you’re preventing for is greatness inside itself.”

The parallels are unmatched. And to be part of one thing so particular, deemed a trailblazer and champion of the League, is a privilege. “It reveals the flexibility of the W,” Mitchell says. “We don’t take it with no consideration.”

Whether or not you name out PlaymaKer or A’ja Wilson, their character is identical. “That’s what I beloved essentially the most about it. I may take my management side that I’ve for my group after which I may put it to my line,” Wilson says. “That was the great thing about it. It’s like my worlds all collide.”

The Divine 9 couldn’t be extra pleased with how Wilson, Howard and Mitchell have represented themselves throughout the League and proceed to push for extra optimistic change within the area. 

The one query left is…who would be the subsequent gamers to hitch?

Photographs through Getty Photographs.

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