The Colorado Chill of the National Women’s Basketball League is
hosting the league’s first official All-Star game at the Budweiser
The festivities start today at 1:30 p.m., and the game starts at
The event begins with the league’s skills competition, which
will include a slam-dunk contest and a 3-point shooting
Four members of the Chill were voted to the National Team by
league officials and coaches-Edna Campbell, Katie Cronin, Helen
Darling and Ruth Riley are all on the team. The Houston Stealth’s
head coach John Chancellor will coach the National Team.
This has highlighted an exciting time for Chill center Riley,
who last week was invited to participate in the first training
session for the U.S. National team. This will give her a chance to
represent the nation in the Olympics this summer in Athens.
“It would be an extreme honor,” said Riley during a news
conference last week. “The highest honor an athlete can have is to
represent her country. To be named to the team would be the
highlight of my career.”
Riley is on a two-way contract with the Detroit Shock of the
Women’s National Basketball Association and was forced to miss one
game on Wednesday and could miss another two games during her
tryouts with the Olympic squad.
“We knew Ruth was one of the best players in the United States,
and we wanted to give our fans a chance to watch her and get to
know her,” said Chill owner Dave King. “We are so proud of Ruth and
the fact that she was chosen for this.”
Another first for the NWBL also takes place today with worldwide
coverage of the All-Star game by Sports Radio Network, the Internet
broadcasting network of the NWBL.
The Web cast will begin at 1:30 p.m. and can be accessed from
Sports Radio Network’s Web site at www.sportsradionet.com.
“This is obviously a tremendous opportunity for us,” said Rob
Goldenburg, CEO and play-by-play announcer for the All-Star game.
“There will be a tremendous amount of talent and this coverage is a
validation of the station showing exposure of women’s basketball
that provides us a national audience.”
Although Sports Radio Network has provided coverage of
professional sports for over three years, this is the first time
Goldenburg has had an opportunity to visit Northern Colorado and
the Budweiser Events Center.
“I heard it’s beautiful and I’m excited for all of the events
the NWBL has planned,” Goldenburg said.
The Chill received the bid to host the NWBL’s first All-Star
game back on Oct. 19 on the last day of the NWBL owner’s meetings
in Birmingham, Ala. It was a major shock for King, who had signed a
contract four months earlier to make the Budweiser Events Center
“This is very unusual,” said King in a press release in October.
“But one feature that is overwhelming is the facility-the Budweiser
Events Center is fantastic. And our ability to show the league we
already have a fan base established, even without playing a game,
The Chill is 6-5 in its inaugural season and is unbeaten at home
with five remaining home games.