Mitchell, Gobert, Utah Jazz Celebrate International Women’s Day Against Raptors

Mar 9, 2020, 6:47 PM | Updated: 7:17 pm
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A detail view of Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz's shoes before a game against the Toronto Raptors at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 9, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and the Utah Jazz organization celebrated International Women’s Day on game day against the Toronto Raptors.

Utah hosted Toronto at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday, March 9.

The Jazz guard along with his mother Nicole provided tickets to the game to women from Alpha Kappa Alpha. In addition to the tickets, Mitchell gave the women signed special edition colorways of his signature Adidas D.O.N Issue #1 shoes.

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Mitchell teased the International Women’s Day colorway of his shoes during International Women’s Day on March 8.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert planned to donate $1,000 to Girls on the Run for every blocked shot he recorded against the Raptors. Girls on the Run is a program designed to help girls from the third through eighth grade develop skills to appreciate health and fitness.

International Women’s Day Shirts

During pregame, the Jazz wore shooting shirts that featured the J-Note logo and the words “International Women’s Day” written in traditional team colors.

The Jazz team store also had the International Women’s Day shirt available for fans to purchase in the arena.

Players from both the Jazz and Raptors will be joined on the floor during the National Anthem by girls from the Junior Jazz youth basketball program. Additionally, the Color Guard ceremony will be presented by members of the Girl Scouts.

At halftime, the Jazz Dancers will be joined by girls from local high-school dancers for a special on-court routine. The Jazz Dance Team traveled to different high schools throughout January to teach the youth dance companies about personal growth, physical fitness and community service. The Jazz Dance team chose 14 dancers from the programs to perform with based on essays the students were asked to write reflecting on their time spent together.

International Women’s Day was first recognized after the turn of the 20th century in New York City to recognize working women. The movement gained greater traction in 1975 when it was officially recognized by the United Nations.

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