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L.A. Sparks and Divas In Defense Collaborate On Self-Defense Class for Young Girls
By Khari Jones Jr., Contributing Writer
Published August 11, 2021

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The Divas in Defense and the Los Angeles Sparks teamed up to teach young girls how to defend themselves from predators. This past weekend, Cole Parker, the founder and CEO of Divas in Defense, taught a self-defense class for women and girls in the community.

Parker says the benefits of Divas in Defense are multifaceted, they empower women and girls, and help build their self-esteem and confidence. Most importantly, the organization strives to change the statistics of women and girls being victims. According to Parker, his methods have prevented his clients from getting attacked.

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 “That’s been the most impactful for me. I continue to train. The Sparks reached out to us and said we’re looking to do something for the community. We came together and we had a great time. The partnership was to strengthen the community.”

The Divas in Defense CEO, advises women to always put their phones down because it’s distracting. He states, “In any situation, be willing to fight for your life.”

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Sparks guard Brittney Sykes, attended the class and learned new skills herself. “We learned a couple techniques about defending ourselves as women. We had some education behind it, which I really liked. It’s about protecting ourselves.” 


The Sparks star said times are changing and weird things are happening in the world. She felt this class was important so they can be prepared for anything.

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“Sometimes you think you’re the person that won’t get attacked. God forbid, you end up being that person, so you want to know and be prepared.”

Growing up, Sykes said she wished she would have done those things at a young age. “We are going in the right direction. To get more little girls involved, they should come to every event empowering women.

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Interim President, and Chief Operating Officer, Natalie White said this past weekend was an opportunity to have fun and learn how to protect themselves at the same time. 

“We are going to get more young girls involved and teach them how to defend themselves.”

This event is a part of their WeAreWomen Series. August 15th, the Sparks is going to recognize five key pillars, outstanding women in the community and they will have an male ally.

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