WNBA Cares Fact Sheet

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, breast health awareness, youth and family development, and education.

WNBA Cares is a part of NBA Cares, an initiative through which, the leagues, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities worldwide, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play over the next five years.

WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself encourages teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness through programs related to health, fitness, nutrition and self-esteem. Programming inspires teens and women to get started on “being fit” through small changes in their daily regimen. The content of the program is communicated and delivered through a Fitness Journal, a ‘Team’ of Spokespeople and National and Local Events, promotion and a live presence.

For nine years, the WNBA Breast Health Awareness program focuses on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. The WNBA and its teams have raised nearly $2,000,000 to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

Read to Achieve is a year-round, league-wide initiative supported by NBA, WNBA and NBADL teams that promotes the values of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. The program includes thousands of reading time-outs, the donation of books and literacy materials, and the creation of Reading and Learning Centers and Reading Corners throughout the world.

The Jr. WNBA believes that lessons learned on- and off-the-court as a member of a team are lessons that are infinitely useful in building relationships at school, home and work. By stressing fundamental skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship and positive adult participation, the Jr. WNBA aims to develop a life-long passion for the game of basketball by providing a support structure that not only encourages participation, but also makes the game fun and rewarding for players, coaches, officials and parents.

In reaching our community relations goals, the WNBA is proud to partner with organizations, including:

  • Girls Inc.
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • VERB
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Reading is Fundamental, Inc.
  • Scholastic
  • DisneyHand
  • ESPN Play Your Way
  • American Heart Association
  • March of Dimes
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • YMCA
  • American Red Cross
  • Feed the Children
  • KaBOOM!
  • Habitat for Humanity