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 West Virginia Native, Basketball Pro Urges Voters To "Stay In The Game" And Vote


    Charleston, W.Va. -- Former South Charleston basketball standout Renee Montgomery, who now plays in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun, is urging voters in her home state to "stay in the game" and register to vote.

    Montgomery filmed a public service announcement Monday morning with Secretary of State Natalie

Renee Montgomery and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant
share a laugh Monday at the State Capitol.
Tennant stressing the importance of not only registering, but going to the polls on Election Day. 

    In the PSA, Tennant and Montgomery tell voters that they have the chance to "change the game" by going to the polls.

    "When I have the ball in my hands, I can change the game," Montgomery says in the PSA.

    "But when you have a ballot in your hand, you can change the world," Tennant adds.

    Montgomery is a registered voter in West Virginia, and voted for the first time in 2008. But since she was out of state, she had to vote an absentee ballot.

    She said she wanted to get involved in a program to urge people to vote because she knows young people look up to her and she wanted to show them that there are things other than sports that are important to her.

    "People say to me, Oh, you voted?" Montgomery said. "I vote and I do a lot of different things. "It's exciting for kids to see you in a whole other light than just on the basketball court."

    Montgomery was an All American at the University of Connecticut, where the Huskies went undefeated her senior season and won a national championship..


Jake Glance
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