NEW YORK, July 23, 2009 - WNBA All-Stars Alana Beard of the Washington Mystics and Swin Cash of the Seattle Storm will serve as official WNBA Twitter correspondents during the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game, which will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and televised nationally on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
As part of a one time only WNBA All-Star initiative, Beard (@alanabeard20) and Cash (@SwinCash), representing the Eastern and Western Conference teams, respectively, will update their Twitter accounts pregame and postgame, during timeouts and at halftime, providing fans on Twitter with exclusive insights from the locker room and the bench.
Retired WNBA star and current ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) will tweet throughout the WNBA All-Star Game, providing exclusive coverage from the sideline. ESPN analysts Nancy Lieberman (@NancyLieberman) and Carolyn Peck (@CAROLYNPECK) are scheduled to tweet throughout various events during WNBA All-Star Weekend.
WNBA and ESPN tweets will all be posted to a landing page on ESPN.com, which will serve as the home for official commentary. The page will include updates from WNBA All-Stars, Charde Houston, Sophia Young, Cappie Pondexter, Beard and Cash; WNBA President Donna Orender; WNBA's official Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/wnba); all 13 official team Twitter feeds; and ESPN talent.
The WNBA Twitter feed will provide extensive coverage of all events surrounding the WNBA All-Star Game. Coverage will include behind-the-scenes photos and video, exclusive quotes, and live game updates. Additionally, WNBA All-Star content will be posted on WNBA.com, YouTube (www.youtube/wnba), and Facebook (www.Facebook/wnba).
Fans will have the opportunity to win a T-Mobile G1™ with Google™ and a basketball signed by all of this year's WNBA All-Stars by answering a trivia question exclusively posted on WNBA Twitter prior to the start of the WNBA All-Star Game. The WNBA is one of the first professional sports leagues to establish an official Twitter page. Since its creation in November 2008, the league's Twitter feed has accumulated more than 7,600 followers. Each of the league's 13 teams has an account, as do more than 40 active players.