Katie Douglas Receives WNBA Cares Community Assist Award
September 12, 2013
NEW YORK –Katie Douglas of the Indiana Fever was named the recipient the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her contributions to the community in August. This marks the second time that the four-time All-Star has received the honor, having previously earned the award in August 2010.
Having lost both of her parents to cancer, Douglas long has been committed to giving back to the community and doing her part to help raise awareness and support the work to find a cure for cancer. One of the league’s most outspoken supporters of the Breast Health Awareness initiative, Douglas serves as spokesperson for the Fever organization. In August, Douglas and the Fever hosted breast cancer patients from Community Health Network at a Bruno Mars concert. Additionally, Douglas and the Fever auctioned off pink jerseys in a live auction after the Fever’s Breast Health Awareness game.
“I just want to give my voice and support a great cause,” Douglas said. “I want to use my status as an athlete for a platform to help raise awareness and hopefully one day find a cure.”
Despite an injury-plagued season, Douglas has found time to lead the Fever’s push to give back to the community. Earlier this year, she, with help from friends and the Fever family, participated in the PurpleStride Indianapolis for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). She participated in the walk in honor of her father, Ken Douglas.
In recognition of her efforts, the WNBA and State Farm are donating $2,500 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Indianapolis and $2,500 to I W.I.N. Foundation.
The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the players that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.