"There was only four teams, including the Aces, which didn't allow us to play much, in the GWBA," Hooker said. "With the WBDA, we now are guaranteed to play against 6 teams with access to play non-conference games outside of our region with other teams."As part of the WBDA's rebrand, Hooker was named its director of community engagement. In her role, she will lead efforts to build recognition teams on a local and national scale. She said building a fan base-- both in Milwaukee and around the country-- will boost the public's awareness and support of women's athletics.
"We need foot soldiers," she said. "You need to be outside of your market so your fan base can grow. If we don't share those stories, no one will see the importance of it."This mission is also a part of Hooker's day-to-day job as the founder and CEO of Images of Us Sports, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that offers athletic and sports education programs to girls.
"We need to get people to understand how important sports is for girls," she said.