Williams Lauded for Community Assist
The WNBA announced that Indiana Fever Forward Natalie Williams was named the recipient of the WNBA Community Assist Award for the month of August.
During the month, Williams was one of the Fever’s leading “coaches” at the first ever Indiana Fever Basketball Skills Camp where she taught kids post drills and rebounding and was a favorite of many of the 90 children that attended. On August 18th, she was a celebrity bowler in the 3rd Annual Fever Bowling Tournament and signed autographs and greeted fans in attendance, and on August 26th, she helped the Fever donate 3,000 Ritters “Cubby Paws” (ice cream sandwiches) and 400 tickets to the Fever’s final home game to local school children as part of the Fever’s back to school carnival celebration.
Natalie’s charitable focus is child adoption and foster homes. Having two adopted children herself, Natalie has made adoption and foster care the primary focus of her charitable and community outreach efforts. In the past she has been active in visiting children in foster homes.
“I understand the impact that we have on children is very important. I just want to do what I can to fulfill that,” said Williams. “I want to use this opportunity to help the organization that helped me adopt my children. Even though it doesn't compare to the wonderful blessing that they've given me, I know that the donation will be greatly appreciated.”
The WNBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. Each month all 13 WNBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award, which honors the player who best reflects the league’s passion for making a difference in their communities. As a result of her efforts, the WNBA will donate $5,000 in her name to Families for Children, a Utah-based organization from which she adopted her children.
Through programs such as WNBA Breast Health Awareness, WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit, and WNBA Read to Achieve, the WNBA has helped to create more comprehensive awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, good nutrition, regular exercise, and a positive self-image, and has worked to bring the joy of reading to millions of children across the country.
Williams joins Charlotte Sting guard Nicole Powell (July) and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (June) as recent winners of the WNBA’s Community Assist Award. Other nominees for August’s Community Assist Award were the Connecticut Sun’s Wendy Palmer-Daniel, Charlotte Sting’s Charlotte Smith-Taylor and Sacramento Monarchs’ Edna Campbell.