The Phoenix Fire Department works to put out a fire in the one.n.ten building in Phoenix near Third Street and Weldon Avenue.
Phoenix Fire Department
After winning a WNBA award for community service, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has decided to give the accompanying donation to an LGBT youth center that was recently burned in an arson.
The one.n.ten youth center caught fire July 12, injuring no one but badly damaging supplies, electronics and the building itself.
The Phoenix Fire Department announced Wednesday the fire is being investigated as arson after video evidence was recovered showing a man pouring liquid on the floor and stepping outside just before a room goes up in flames.
Griner, who is gay and is an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, said she has volunteered at one.n.ten and talked with their youth and staff at Phoenix PRIDE.
“I can’t believe someone would take away a safe space for kids by doing something so violent, but I hope this donation helps a little in their recovery,” Griner said in a release.
The WNBA Cares Community Assist Award is presented monthly. The award’s winner gets to decide the recipient of a $5,000 donation from State Farm.
Griner won the award in June for her work supporting the homeless and LGBT communities in Phoenix, including partnering with the Phoenix Rescue Mission for a shoe drive.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Phoenix community and give back to a place that has given me so much,” she said in the statement.
Griner will receive the award and present the check to one.n.ten Executive Director Linda Elliott in a ceremony before Sunday’s 3 p.m. game against the San Antonio Stars.
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