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Family Day at Turner Park draws 15,000

Last Saturday, April 13 saw a huge crowd descend on Sylvester Turner Park on W. Little York and Victory, to have a “Family Day” full of fun, food, games and recreation.

This 6th annual event has become a much anticipated day for all ages in Northwest and Northeast Houston. Turner emphasizes that it is all free, thanks to many sponsors.

The sunny weather brought out a full crowd, starting around noon and going strong until dusk. Plenty of food was available all day, including turkey legs, sausage on a stick, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and more.

Games included baseball on the fields, with Texas Southern and Southern University playing at the north end, and Youth baseball on the southern fields. Basketball was also a favorite, with contests for players.

Music was provided by J. Paul and the Zydeco Nubreeds, and the Eisenhower Jazz Band played Jazz music. The Aldine Dance company from Carver high school performed dance routines, and the public was welcome to dance themselves later in the day.

Huge “Hamster Balls” with people inside, provided by Comcast, were a great hit and an hilarious sight.

Rock climbing was another popular event for older kids, and younger kids enjoyed face painting and slides.

Seniors took part in games, including bingo and dominoes.

To help with the parking, METRO provided shuttle buses from three nearby locations.

Brittney Griner chosen #1 in Women’s NBA professional basketball draft

Aldine Nimitz high school’s outstanding women’s basketball player, Brittney Griner, has been chosen #1 in the first round of the professional women’s WNBA player draft, held last Monday night in Bristol, Connecticut.

She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury team. Griner was an outstanding player for the Baylor Bears womens team during the last four years, having been named the number one woman’s player in the nation by several authorities.

Brittney Griner, 22, stands 6’-8” tall. She is the first NCAA player ever to score 2000 points, and block 500 shots. In 2012 the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year, and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

The draft was televised on ESPN2, and Griner was interviewed by the network as well. During an interview with Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, she revealed that she was a lesbian, but was comfortable with that. She said “just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say.”

Also drafted from the Houston area were two other players, Kelsey Bone from Dulles high school and Texas A & M was drafted #5 by New York Liberty, and Waltiea Rolle of Westbury Christian high school and North Carolina, was drafted #36 by Minnesota.

Griner will start playing for Phoenix on May 27th.