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2007 WNBA All-Star Week Tips Off With Community Events In Washington, DC

NEW YORK, July 5, 2007 – The 2007 WNBA All-Star Game will take place at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on Sunday, July 15, capping off a week-long series of special community events taking place in and around Washington, DC. In honor of the League’s commitment to the community, Mayor Adrian Fenty will proclaim the week of July 9, “WNBA All-Star Week” in the nation’s capital. The following is a listing of events taking place prior to the WNBA All-Star Game:

Tuesday, July 10

Washington, DC Mayoral Proclamation
Mayor Adrian Fenty will proclaim the tip off of 2007 WNBA All-Star week in Washington, DC with a special presentation during halftime of the Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx game at Verizon Center.

** Media interested in attending must be credentialed through Mystics Communications

Time: Approx. 8 p.m. ET (Game Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET)
Location: Verizon Center – 601 F Street NW, 20004

Thursday, July 12

WNBA All-Star Basketball Clinic presented by Discover Card®
WNBA players and legends will host an All-Star basketball clinic for a group of youngsters at the Mary & Daniel Loughran Clubhouse, tipping off a series of community events taking place in the Washington, DC area. Over 200 participants will have an opportunity to interact with the players and learn strength, endurance and flexibility techniques that offer them ways to improve their body, mind and athletic performance. As a special surprise, the players will invite all of the children to attend the WNBA All-Star game as their guests, with tickets courtesy of Discover Card®.

Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Location: Mary & Daniel Loughran Clubhouse
2500 14th Street, NW, 20009

Walter Reed Hospital Visit
WNBA All-Stars will visit with patients at the Walter Reed Hospital Visit and distribute gifts.

**This event is closed to the media and public

Friday, July 13

WNBA & Toyota All-Star Legacy Project
The WNBA will unveil a brand new WNBA Cares Reading & Learning center at the Robert V. Murray Boys & Girls Club. The renovation project includes extensive refurbishment of the facility and the donation of books, furniture, TV's, DVD players, computers and additional reading materials. This project is sponsored by WNBA Cares and Toyota. WNBA All-Stars, basketball legends, executives and local personalities will be on-hand to unveil the new center that will bring a lasting hope to hundreds of children in the local area.

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET
Location: Robert V. Murray Boys & Girls Club - Metropolitan Police Clubhouse #11
620 Milwaukee Place, SE, 20032

All-Star Salute: Inspiring Women presented by Meridian
The second annual All-Star Salute: Inspiring Women presented by Meridian gathers more than 300 prominent faces from the political, business, entertainment and sports worlds to celebrate inspirational women in all walks of life. WNBA President Donna Orender will present the 2007 WNBA Inspiration Award to this year’s recipient, who is a role model to all who aspire to make a difference at work, at home and in the communities in which they live. The honoree and keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.

** This event is open to invited media only

Saturday, July 14

WNBA BE Tour
***This event is open free to the public***
The League’s traveling mobile fitness expo and a leading component of the WNBA’s national Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself initiative, the WNBA BE Tour brings the fun and excitement of the WNBA directly to its fans, giving them the opportunity to “BE” a WNBA star by participating in basketball activities; trying on adidas uniforms; sampling Diet Ocean Spray® Juice Drinks and snacks prepared with Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries, and showcasing their rapping skills at the CDC Choose Respect booth where they can record a “Rap for Respect” song. WNBA All-Stars, legends and female athletes from various sports will be onsite to meet and greet fans throughout the day.

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET
Location: The Former Washington Convention Center Site – 11th & H Streets, NW

Sunday, July 15

WNBA BE Tour
***This event is open free to the public***
Time: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: The former Washington Convention Center Site – 11th & H Streets, NW

East and West All-Star Media Availability
Time: 1 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Location: Verizon Center Locker Rooms

**Open to credentialed media only

WNBA President Donna Orender Media Availability
Time: 1:30 – 2 p.m. ET
Location: Verizon Center Practice Court
**Open to credentialed media only
**Will be streamed live on WNBA.com

WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills Challenge and Three-Point Shootout presented by adidas
The WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills Challenge and Three-Point Shootout presented by adidas are exciting, fast-paced basketball competitions which will include select WNBA players. Events will take place prior to tip-off of the WNBA All-Star game. Participants will be announced at a later date.

Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Verizon Center Court

2007 WNBA All-Star Game presented by Discover Card®
The WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan and the WNBA All-Stars will be busy during All-Star Weekend.
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