Zaila Avant-Garde

Spelling Bee Champion Receives Special Guest Invitation by Dallas Wings Player

In a Twitter video shared by the Dallas Wings, Zaila Avant-Garde, the first African American Scripps National champion, received an invitation from Dallas Wings guard Moriah Jefferson for the first game of the season

Zaila Avant-garde
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Scripps National Spelling Bee’s champion Zaila Avant-Garde just received an invitation to be a special guest at College Park when the Dallas Wings basketball team plays on Aug. 15.

Avant-Garde received a congratulatory video call from her favorite WNBA player, Wings guard Moriah Jefferson, in a recent video shared on the Dallas Wings official Twitter account.

In the video, Jefferson says, “Congratulations on winning the spelling bee, that's a huge accomplishment, I know myself would have been extremely nervous, so I'm super proud of you. I've been watching your videos nonstop. I have no idea how you do what you do with the basketball and just the spelling alone is incredible.”

Avant-Garde who is 14, made history as the first African American to win the spelling bee last Thursday. But she has made it clear that spelling is a side hobby, her real focus is on the court as to where the basketball prodigy hopes to play in the WNBA or possibly coach in the NBA. Avant-Garde holds three Guinness World Records for dribbling multiple balls simultaneously and has had the chance to appear in a commercial with NBA star, Stephen Curry.

Avante-Garde accepted the basketball game invitation from Jefferson. The Dallas Wings are set to play against the Connecticut Sun in Arlington on Aug. 15.

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