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Behind the Scenes With Golden State Warriors - Episode 1

January 23, 2020

Watch the team that creates the game experience second to none. With their passion, dedication and hard work they create an energy that keeps the fans inspired, build memories and motivate the players to put their best game on! 

“When the arena is loud and the fans are screaming at the top of their lungs, it just gives us the extra boost, the extra confidence, the extra energy that we need to make it through. They are always there to give us that support,” Glenn Robinson III, Small Forward Golden State Warriors.

Transcript
Amira Mourad:
There are so many pieces that make a game experience for the fan.
Sabrina Ellison:
It is a place where you can literally get fans up on their feet. You're putting on this bigger show outside of basketball.
Brett Yamaguchi:
Whether the team's winning or losing, our responsibility is to make sure the fans have an enjoyable time.
Shawn Bennett:
My first experience working in sports was with a minor league baseball team in my hometown, selling peanuts. I never dreamed of doing what I do now. My role is the executive producer of event presentation, and I'm in charge of the creative vision for what we do from the time you walk in to the time you leave Brett, BY, he's the captain in the seat.
Brett:
We got early doors at 5:30 for the bobblehead distribution.
Shawn:
During the game. He's the one that kind of holds down an operation standpoint.
Brett:
All right, let's go Walmart. What's in the box?
Shawn:
I started back in 1995, Joe Smith’s rookie year, and I was a game night ambassador, was what we were called back then. At some point in my career, my basketball career, I wasn't going to continue on as a player, so just honored and lucky to be a part of this organization. I've had the pleasure of working with a lot of talented individuals without them making sure things are happening backstage or behind the scenes. Nothing else happened.
Sabrina:
I've been with BY since I first started. He hired me. When I first started with the Warriors, I was a one-man show and I had two performance teams. I've been really kind of blessed with this organization to push the envelope. So with the evolution of five performance teams, we have three other assistant coaches. All of them have been Warriors dancers.
Amira:
I'm Amira. I danced on the Warriors dance team for seven seasons and now this is my second year coaching the dance teams. I have been dancing since I was three years old and it's all I've known. It was a passion and a love, and it taught me teamwork. It taught me how to work hard, how you have to balance so many things. And that really played a role in who I am today. Sabrina and I have been working together since I started the dance team. So the great thing about our dance team organization is that we're so close knit. We're together three to five to seven days a week together that the people, they matter in making this team successful.
Theo Robertson:
Basketball's kind of like jazz, you know? Got all these different pieces working to create something beautiful. Just the community and the atmosphere here is second to none.
Glenn Robinson III:
They create the energy, the atmosphere, that fun, the positivity that we bring every single night. When the arena is loud and the fans are screaming off the top of their lungs, it just gives us that extra boost, that extra confidence, that extra energy that we need to make it through. They're always there and giving us that support.
Brett:
To be able to be in the position I'm in, to work with the people I work with. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this.
Sabrina:
I've been lucky to be able to coach for 13 seasons now. It's been a while. I just feel really fortunate and blessed that in this lifetime, I've been able to do something that I'm passionate about.
Shawn:
I feel lucky every day that I'm a part of what I do and what I get to do is make memories for fans. That's what the most rewarding thing for me is.
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