NEW YORK (AP) — It didn’t take lengthy for the WNBA’s new safety app to be put to the check.
Inside every week of its debut, a lethal capturing occurred on New Yr’s Eve at an Istanbul nightclub. A handful of WNBA gamers have been within the space that night time celebrating, and the LiveSafe app allowed them to get in contact with league safety officers shortly as occasions have been unfolding down the road.
Between the brand new app and a gaggle textual content chat arrange by the union months earlier for gamers in Turkey, everybody was capable of be accounted for inside a couple of hours of the assault.
The response time was even quicker lower than every week later when one other assault occurred, this time close to a courthouse in Izmir, the place an explosives-laden car was detonated.
“We knew they have been OK fairly shortly,” WNBPA director of operations Terri Jackson stated.
In addition to permitting for a fast examine-in, the league despatched a message to the gamers in Turkey by means of the app to warn them to take shelter and keep away from the world of the capturing.
Whereas not each participant was utilizing the app but when the assaults occurred, extra have began to join it, together with Kiah Stokes, who downloaded it after the nightclub capturing.
“With the growing variety of assaults, I simply needed to all the time have info out there about the place I can go to be protected, and who I can contact if there’s a harmful state of affairs,” the Liberty ahead stated in a textual content to The Related Press.
Abroad safety has been a prime precedence for each the league and the union for some time. Jackson stated she had a convention name with participant brokers proper after she took the job with the union in Might.
“The brokers convened a name and talked to me about their priorities and needed to know my place,” Jackson stated. “My husband used to play abroad, so I understood precisely what the brokers have been describing to me that their considerations have been. It resonated with me in a short time and was not onerous to make that a prime precedence for me, too.”
Jackson stated her first assembly with the league workplace was with WNBA safety.
“I used to be making an attempt to determine what they have been doing safety-clever for the gamers. We couldn’t inform gamers to not play abroad,” Jackson recalled. “We’ve had a very good collaborative effort with the league on safety.”
Earlier than the WNBA unveiled its app, Jackson had helped begin the group textual content chat with the 30 or so gamers in Turkey. That quantity has dropped to about two dozen, with gamers leaving the nation as a result of…