2008 WNBA Draft Presented by adidas Schedule of Events

-- League hosts week-long activities in Tampa-St. Petersburg Area leading up to Draft --

NEW YORK, March 31, 2008 -- The 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas will be held in Florida on Wednesday, April 9, as a conclusion to the week-long celebration of events surrounding women’s basketball. The draft will begin at 1 p.m. ET and be televised live on ESPN2. The Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, owned by Washington Mystics President and Managing Partner Sheila Johnson and located in Palm Harbor, Fla., will host the draft.

Earlier that week, the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp, NCAA Women’s Final Four and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention will also take place in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to the Draft, the WNBA will host and participate in the following events throughout the week.

Friday, April 4, 2008
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

2008 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp – Session One
The WNBA Pre-Draft Camp will offer WNBA coaches and general managers an opportunity to evaluate the skills of approximately 40 top global prospects. Players will participate in on-court sessions and compete against one another in hopes of improving their draft status.
Location: Bob Martinez Center, University of Tampa

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

2008 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp Media Availability
Players and team representatives will be available for interviews. This event is open to credentialed media.
Location: Bob Martinez Center, University of Tampa

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2008 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp – Session Two
Location: Bob Martinez Center, University of Tampa

Saturday, April 5, 2008

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

2008 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp – Session Three
Location: Bob Martinez Center, University of Tampa

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The WNBA will host an annual celebration in honor of the WBCA and their dedication to women’s basketball.
Location: Grand Ballroom, Tampa Marriott Waterside

Sunday, April 6, 2008
6 p.m.

NCAA Women’s National Semifinals
Location: St. Pete Times Forum

Monday, April 7, 2008

11 a.m. WNBA and Pitney Bowes Reading Rally
The WNBA in partnership with Pitney Bowes, will give back to the community by hosting a special reading event at John F. Germany Public Library. Current WNBA stars, including Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, Ivory Latta of the Atlanta Dream and Sidney Spencer of the Los Angeles Sparks, will spend time reading with young students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tampa and teach them the importance of education. They will also help distribute books that Pitney Bowes and Reading Is Fundamental are donating to the library.
Location: John F. Germany Public Library, 900 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
4 p.m.

WBCA 4Kay Events-in-a-Box Campaign
WNBA President Donna Orender will present the annual WNBA Inspiring Coach Award to this year’s recipient.
Location: Florida Ballroom, Tampa Marriott Waterside

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
12 p.m.

WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon presented by Outback Steakhouse
The WNBA will host the Women’s Executive Leadership, Inc. and gather more than 100 prominent Florida business executives to discuss the importance of sports in developing leadership ability in girls and women. WNBA President Donna Orender, Dr. Sheila Johnson, Owner of the Washington Mystics and Penny Hulbert, Director of Women Executive Leadership, Inc., are scheduled to address the audience.
Location: Ala Carte Event Pavilion

7 p.m.

NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship Game
Location: St. Pete Times Forum

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
1 p.m.

2008 WNBA Draft
Top prospects from across the nation will be in attendance at the Draft. The WNBA will also be inviting youth league and high school basketball players from the Tampa area to the event as guests. This event is open to credentialed media.

Location: Inverness Ballroom
Innisbrook Resort
36750 US Hwy 19 N,
Palm Harbor, FL 34684