Sabrina Ionescu Responds to Young Fan Asking If Girls Can Play Basketball

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2020

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives to the basket in front of Seattle Storm guard Jordin Canada (21) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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New York Liberty star rookie Sabrina Ionescu hasn't wasted time using her platform to inspire girls. 

One young fan sent Ionescu a letter asking her if girls could play basketball, and not only did Ionescu tell her in a handwritten letter she could do anything, she also sent her some Nike swag: 

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7-year-old Julisabel was introduced to the WNBA during Sabrina Ionescu's debut. She asked if she could still be a basketball player even though she's a girl. Sabrina sent her Liberty gear and a handwritten note to thank her for watching 🙏 (via @diandraann) https://t.co/dk5bKFg42V

That's the sort of wholesome thing we all need a little more of in our lives right now, and it's a reminder of the positive influence that stars like Ionescu and her WNBA counterparts can have on young girls. 

The Liberty rookie is currently dealing with a sprained left ankle but has looked good when she's been on the court, averaging 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and four assists in three games.