Griffin returns to Alaska to inspire the next generation

April 27, 2015
Kelsey Griffin Basketball Clinic 2015

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin learned everything she knows about basketball in Alaska so it makes sense that she would return to inspire the next generation of players.

The 27-year-old professional has gone from the halls of Chugiak High to the WNBA and all over the world, taking a little bit of her home state with her.

Now she’s back to host a free basketball clinic for kids Saturday at The Alaska Club South.

Griffin was the Big 12 Player of the Year out of the University of Nebraska. From there she played professionally in the WNBA, Hungary, Israel and Australia.

All the while she never lost sight of where she came from.

“Being born and raised in Alaska is something I’m very proud of,” she wrote for The Alaska Club blog. “I am thrilled to be able to give back to the state that has given me so much.”

The 6-foot-2 Griffin is the only Alaska woman to score 2,000 points in college. She ranks No. 1 among Alaska players in the WNBA with 801 points. She’s a two-time league champion and twice was named Finals MVP in Australia.

She’s the most accomplished women’s basketball player to come out of The Last Frontier. She wears her Alaska pride like a badge of honor and is eager to work with local kids.

“I’m looking forward to working with enthusiastic athletes who want to get better,” she said. “Bring a great attitude and any questions you have, and it should be a great session.”