Before Jewell Loyd made it big in the WNBA … and before she earned nicknames such as the Gold Mamba and Faith Mothershed, it began in Cook County, Illinois just outside of Chicago.
She played her high school basketball at Niles West High School in Skokie, just outside of Chicago from 2008-2012 prior to moving on to Notre Dame. She will be welcomed home on May 15 – a little more than a week prior to the start of the 2019 WNBA season on May 24 – when the Proesel Park Basketball Courts at 7030 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincolnwood will be renamed after her.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. The Village of Lincolnwood announced the decision to rename the courts after Loyd back in June.
Last week the Village Board announced their unanimous decision to name the Proesel Park basketball courts after longtime resident and WNBA player @jewellloyd. The Village is proud to recognize Jewell with this honor. https://t.co/D3W1RHZYPp pic.twitter.com/hadFb9TGqh
— Village of Lincolnwood (@LincolnwoodIL) June 26, 2018
— Women Hoop Too Movement (@womenhooptoo) June 28, 2018
Join us May 15th at 5:30PM as we name the basketball courts in Proesel Park to recognize longtime resident and WNBA player Jewell Loyd for her achievements and contributions to the community. https://t.co/l0YJK1Twrm pic.twitter.com/mbctYXrBiM
— Lincolnwood Parks & Rec (@LincolnwoodPks) April 10, 2019
That same day, the Storm will host the Phoenix Mercury in a preseason contest at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Seattle will open the regular season on May 25 against those same Mercury in a nationally-televised contest on ABC at 3:30 ET/12:30 PT– also in Everett.