WNBA Promotes Good Health for Children at the Mind. Body. Spirit. Challenge
LOS ANGELES, CA February 11, 2004 -- In conjunction with 2004 NBA All-Star, the WNBA and its players hosted the WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit. Challenge for 5th grade students at the 10th Street Elementary School in Downtown Los Angeles.
The WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit. platform is the League’s primary cause-related campaign which focuses on two critical themes – Healthy and Fit Families and Breast Health Awareness.
The WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit. Challenge consisted of three fun and interactive challenges designed to educate and inform kids on the benefits of being active, eating well and having a positive attitude, and the importance of these in a healthy lifestyle. More than 50 fifth grade students from the school competed against each other in challenges based on information from existing health and physical education curriculum and materials provided by the WNBA. Students rotated through three challenges-nutrition, exercise and positive attitude, to acquire points to determine the winner of the WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit. Challenge.
WNBA stars Andrea Stinson (Charlotte Sting), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Nikki Teasley (Los Angeles Sparks), Ruth Riley (Detroit Shock) and former WNBA star Rebecca Lobo and NBA Legend Nate “Tiny” Archibald administered the challenges and Hall of Famer and WNBA Broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale served as the emcee.
“WNBA players are terrific role models who illustrate the power, potential and success that a healthy lifestyle can bring and they were thrilled to share these positive messages with the youth of Los Angeles,” said Kathy Behrens, VP NBA Community Relations.
For the fourth consecutive season, more than 2 million fans attended WNBA games in 2003, and a WNBA-record 22,076 fans attended Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills to see the Detroit Shock capture its first WNBA Championship.