Celebrating International Women's History Month: She Got Game

Words by: Brittany Lopez
Photography by: Yuli Gonzalez
Video by: Andy Dinh


The Game (In/Out)side the Court.

In celebration of International Women's History Month, Premiumgoods x Adidas x Houston Rockets partnered with The FAM Way organization to encourage 12 Young Female Athletes' interests to explore on-and-off-the-court job professions in the basketball industry. 

Short for family, FAM: Fundamental. Athleticism. Mechanics. The FAM Way is a professional player development organization based in Texas for people ages five-18. By providing positive motivation and setting high standards for each player, FAM pushes individuals to meet their highest potential by offering camps, clinics, and individual/group training. 

Beginning their trip in Rice Village, founder and owner of Premium Goods Houston, Jennifer Ford, greeted the team with matching Adidas, filling the room with excitement and high energy to set the tone for the rest of the night. 

Under the impression that the trip only consisted of a Toyota Center tour, the excitement spiked once the girls entered through the VIP entrance. Being greeted by the heart of the staff: Sarah Gibson, Vice President, Business Development. Zanetta Jones, Senior Manager, Ticket Operations. Shakira Wardally, Manager, Player Relations.   

As the staff showed the team around, the girls toured exclusive lounges/suites having access to players like Kevin Porter Jr and icon Calvin Murphy. Adding the cherry on top, Jalen Green quickly introduced himself to the ladies, leaving them starstruck.The tour led to the conference room, where the ladies of the Toyota Center conversed with the team. Sarah, Zanetta, and Shakira each explained their job description and background. Rocket's team leaders explained what a day in the life of their job description entailed capturing the attention of the young girls. "I majored in Political Science! Having nothing to do with what I do now, I never knew this is where I would end up, but I love my job," Sarah explained, "You don't have to decide at a young age what your career choice will be you're still getting to know yourself." Much like the team, Shakira related to them by being a young basketball player but urged for a career with longevity. All the Toyota Center ladies and Jennifer Ford encouraged the team to shoot for the stars and never settle for less.

"I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I was good at writing and loved basketball," Zanetta Jones explained, "There's more to an organization than just being a player on the court." 

Being guided to the last stop of the tour, The Green Room, the girls were invited to stay to watch the game. Ending the night being featured on the Jumbotron. The ladies ended Women's History Month enjoying what they love the most, all sides of the court. 

Premiumgoods would love to thank Adidas x Houston Rockets for creating a memorable evening for the ladies of The Fam Way Organization.

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Zachary Miller April 25, 2023

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