PHILADELPHIA – MAY 13, 2020 – Tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers will host the team’s first-ever 76ers Virtual Girls Summit, presented by Rothman Orthopaedics. The one-of-a-kind virtual panel discussion was designed to connect young girls from the Philadelphia-region to four highly-accomplished women with years of experience in professional sports. The panelists will discuss their approaches to staying active, healthy and connected to the game of basketball and answer questions submitted by young girls.

The event, moderated by NBC Sports Philadelphia 76ers Reporter Serena Winters, will first air on the Philadelphia 76ers YouTube page tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, featuring guest appearances from 76ers mascot Franklin and In-Arena Host Archie Berwick.

The star-studded panel features current and former WNBA players, all with ties to the Philadelphia area, as well as one current member of the 76ers Basketball Operations staff: 

  • Lorena Torres, Philadelphia 76ers Performance Director 
    • Torres, in her first season with the 76ers, oversees sports science, strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition and load management, among other areas. She joined the team after serving as Sports Science Coordinator for Spurs Sports & Entertainment from 2015-19. With over 15 years of experience, Torres, a native of Spain, previously worked with F.C. Barcelona’s handball and basketball teams and for the Spanish National Synchronized Swimming Team, both as strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist. Torres holds several degrees in higher learning, including a doctorate in sport science from Pablo de Olavide University, as well as three master’s degrees in sports science fields. A published researcher, she has worked as an educator in both Spain and Australia. 
  • Natasha Cloud, Washington Mystics 
    • Cloud, a native of Broomall, Pennsylvania, helped lead the Mystics to the 2019 WNBA title and has spent a total of five seasons with Washington. Originally selected with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, Cloud began her collegiate career at Maryland before playing her final two seasons at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. She earned numerous accolades during her time at Hawk Hill, including All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors. Prior to her collegiate career, Cloud represented Cardinal O’Hara High School as she competed in the famed Philadelphia Catholic League. 
  • Kahleah Copper, Chicago Sky
    • A North Philadelphia native, Copper is a four-year WNBA veteran, who appeared in 34 games for Chicago last season. Selected No. 7 overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft by Washington, Copper spent her rookie season as teammates with Cloud, before joining Chicago the following season. A college star at Rutgers, Copper is third all-time among Scarlet Knights in scoring, behind only WNBA stars Cappie Pondexter and Sue Wicks. She played her high school basketball at Philadelphia’s Prep Charter and was selected a McDonald’s All-American in 2012.
  • Maggie Lucas, WNBA Alumna
    • Born in Philadelphia, Lucas spent four seasons in the WNBA with Indiana, Atlanta and Dallas after being chosen with the No. 21 overall selection in the 2014 WNBA Draft. She played her collegiate ball at Penn State, where she was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year, and racked up over 2,500 career points, the second-most in school history. Lucas played her high school basketball at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, earning All-State honors in each of her four seasons, while being named a McDonald’s All-American following her senior campaign in 2010.


Media may download headshots of the panelists and Winters HERE.


“We are thrilled to virtually host the first-ever girls summit alongside Rothman Orthopaedics, as we strongly believe in the importance of using our platforms to encourage aspiring, young female 76ers fans,” Philadelphia 76ers Chief Marketing Officer Katie O’Reilly said. “We are incredibly grateful to Lorena, Serena, Natasha, Kahleah and Maggie for sharing their time, knowledge and experiences with the future generation of strong, smart, successful women.”


“Each year, we treat hundreds of injured female athletes—through our roles as team physicians for many high schools and universities in the region as well as the ones that come through our practice doors,” says Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, President of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. “This is a great opportunity for young females to hear directly from the best in professional basketball as they share their knowledge on succeeding in sports. We are excited to support the 76ers in this event as they empower young, female athletes.”


Viewers who join the stream at 4 p.m. on Thursday will have the chance to win 76ers prizes during Franklin’s performance preceding the panel discussion. Questions for the panelists were both submitted and sourced with the help of Leilanni and Liana Ocasio, two eighth-grade girls who play in La Liga Del Barrio, a Sixers Youth Foundation-funded youth basketball organization.


Following the conclusion of the YouTube broadcast, the panel discussion will be posted to the 76ers NBA Together Resource Center, a new page where fans can access the latest health and safety information, using digital tools and virtual events to help keep communities connected during this time of social distancing.