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WNBA player Naz Hillmon surprises St. Martin de Porres High School's girls basketball team with new shoes

WNBA player Naz Hillmon hand-delivered brand-new sneakers to the entire Saint Martin de Porres girl's basketball team.

CLEVELAND — Cleveland native and Atlanta Dream WNBA player Naz Hillmon returned to Northeast Ohio on Thursday to give back to a local girl's basketball program. 

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Just days before Christmas, Hillmon, a graduate of Gilmour High School delivered brand-new sneakers to the Saint Martin de Porres High School girl's basketball team. 

The donation marks the first in the school's history to the girl's basketball program which is led by Eric and Erin Haislah. 

"This is a first-time thing for this school and for us as coaches," said Erin Haislah."We have never had an opportunity to get a donation from someone in such big shoes. Having this opportunity is really great and I am really excited for them." 

Hillmon spent time delivering the shoes, interacting with the team and talking with them before they took off for a Thursday night road contest against Wickliffe High School.

The University of Michigan product played for the Wolverines for four years, becoming the first-ever All-American in program history. After a record book career at Michigan, Hillmon was selected as the 15th overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft.

Saint Martin de Porres is an inner-city Cristo Rey school in Cleveland that prepares students with a rigorous college prep education while gaining real-life experiences by working one day a week. 

More information on Saint Martin de Porres can be found HERE.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Dec. 20, 2022. 

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