Former WNBA champion and current head coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats Adia Barnes women’s basketball team made headlines on Sunday. According to PEOPLE reported Holly Rowe, the 44-year-old head coach spent a part of the halftime while her team was playing to pump breast milk for her 6-month-old baby Capri. The reporter said that they had to warm up the bottle with the heat packs that were on the sideline, and Barnes was doing it all.
This is what Barnes told reporters after the game:
“For those of you who think this is too much information, let’s normalize working mothers and all they have to do. I had a baby right when the season started. And took like a week off, it says I took a month off but I did not. I was on Zoom calls four days after having a C-section so it was hard. But my team loved on me. I missed a couple of weeks, I got a little sick, they fought for me. I came back. They were patient. I’m happy.”
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She added that she represents moms from all over the world. She has the baby with her, and when she hears her crying and ready to eat, she was there for her to provide.
Barnes has been documenting her parenting journey on Twitter, and said that she also represents Black females, who don’t get in her position too often and don’t get opportunities.
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— ADIA BARNES COPPA 🐻⬇️🌵👨👨👧👦❤️💙 (@AdiaBarnes) April 2, 2021
“Let’s normalize working mothers and all that they have to do to make it happen.” 🗣️🗣️🗣️ @sportsiren‘s report on Arizona head coach Adia Barnes pumping at halftime of the national championship. pic.twitter.com/xainGkoCKl
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— ESPN (@espn) April 5, 2021