clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The WNBA’s swag package for stuck-at-home draftees is better than you can imagine

This is the best way to make a virtual draft feel special.

It’s a very weird time to hold a professional sports draft, but nobody is going to come close to the WNBA when it comes time to make sure the night is special for players.

This package, delivered to lock No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu, highlights just how far the league went to make the at-home experience feel like being there live. Every team hat is in the package, so the player can obviously put one on after being drafted — but it’s more than that. Shirts, the keys to the league, all really cool swag. It’s that simply Snapchat code that really makes this feel special.

Each player is getting a unique code, which takes them to a personally recorded message from WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert. It’s not going to completely replicate what it’s like for a player to be present for the draft, but it’s a level of thoughtfulness that takes the package a step above.

Honestly, it’s probably going to be a pretty sobering few months for players who worked for so long to finally make it to the pros, only to have their night taken away by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not that drafts themselves are some kind of critical event that have to be cherished, but it is a rite of passage for prospective pro players.

The WNBA just made a difficult situation as memorable as possible, and this is awesome.