When Los Angeles Sparks guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt returned to her home state of Virginia in mid-September after spending two months in the WNBA bubble in Florida, both her body and mind were in need of an overdue break. The 2020 season had pushed players to their physical and emotional capacities.
But as players returned to the communities impacted by the very issues they brought awareness to while in the bubble, there wouldn’t be much time to decompress.
“I had maybe a week,” Ruffin-Pratt said. “Then I was back to … trying to get back into the community and push the voting initiative.”
Ruffin-Pratt, who is part of the WNBA’s social justice council, is among many members of the league who have continued to use their platform since departing the bubble, where the league raised awareness of social injustice, voter suppression and racial inequality.
Whether it’s working to end police injustice in their local communities, or pushing voter education, or working the polls in anticipation of the upcoming general election, many players have taken their work in the bubble home and even overseas.
“I don’t think that any motivation or any momentum will be lost,”…