Stanley and Moore ’Jump4Life’

October 3, 2005 - New York, NY - Liberty assistant coach Marianne Stanley and first year player Loree Moore recently went from the concrete jungle to the real one. The two just returned from a week in Kenya, where they were part of an elite U.S. professional basketball delegation sent to the country to raise awareness amongst its youth regarding choices they make with overall health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS.

Stanley and Moore went to Kenya as part of the Jump4Life initiative. The project, spearheaded by Hoops4Africa and the Land O'Lakes International Development Division, and supported by USAID, seeks "to combine starpower influence with food industry expertise to affect social change and promote good nutrition among sports-minded youth and young adults in Kenya, specifically focusing on curbing the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and imroving the quality of life for those living with the disease."

The seven day tour took the group to several spots throughout the African country, such as Nakuru and Nairobi. The delegation worked with approximately 3,000 Kenyan children during that time, sharing with them the importance of making good decisions, sportsmanship, education and leadership. The group put on basketball clinics and exhibition games at various local schools, as well as recorded public service announcements. Stanley and Moore were joined in their efforts by fellow WNBA'ers Chasity Melvin (Washington), Adia Barnes (Seattle) and Adrienne Goodson (Charlotte), as well as NBA'ers Rodney White (Golden State), Steffond Johnson (LA Clippers, retired) and Jerry Reynolds (Milwaukee, retired).

While the U.S. basketball players have returned home, Jump4Life continues to spread its message of HIV/AIDS prevention through healthy and responsible lifestyle choices. The program hopes to reach at least two million people and through education reduce the number of people being infected with the disease. Jump4Life also aims to better the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, by providing them resources to take better care of themselves.

See Marianne and Loree in action in Kenya.