Grand Rapids Welcomes A New Professional Women’s Basketball Team
Grand Rapids has it's fair share of sports teams to root on, but when it comes to women's sports fans are left with only a few options to enjoy.
That's until next year when a new professional sports league adds Grand Rapids to their list of cities with teams when they launch next season.
The Women's Basketball League (or WBL) is adding six teams around the midwest including the brand new team coming to Grand Rapids
They say the team will be named Grand Rapids Soul, and they hope to offer a few extra opportunities to women who want to get into the WNBA or just want to play professionally without having to leave the US.
Why are they starting a new Women's Basketball League?
According to sources, their goal to provide female players with pay equal to or similar to what they would make during the WNBA season.
This new league also would give players the opprotunity to stay closer to home in the US instead of having to move and play overseas, where players can earn more than they do in the WNBA.
How do you try out to join the Grand Rapids Soul?
Tryouts are scheduled for July 24 and 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.
The tryout fee is $100 and tryouts are open to women 18 years and older, and you can register ahead and learn more about the team by visiting their website. They also have another chance for players to try out later this year in Detroit
We're super excited to see this new team coming to town, and we'll share details with you as we find out about when their season will kick off later this year.