Liberty Gets Smart, Fit

New York, NY - June 9, 2005 - Madison Square Garden may be where the Liberty plays, but on Wednesday MS 302 in the Bronx was where all the action was. Players Shameka Christon, Erin Thorn, Elena Baranova and Tamara Moore spent the afternoon working out with approximately 40 students that participate in the Cheering for Children after-school program at the middle school. The event was part of the WNBA's Be Smart Be Fit Be Yourself initiative.

The four Liberty players met with the sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the gym of the school to first talk about the importance of starting a healthy lifestyle from a young age and to encourage them to make a commitment to getting fit and staying healthy. The Liberty appreciates and celebrates the fact that it is essential to develop all aspects of one's health, both mental and physical. The players shared with the kids that through this development they can only improve their self-esteem and overall well-being.

Through different activities the kids learned that they can get their mind and body in shape while having fun. Shameka Christon took the students through conditioning drills, while Elena Baranova showed them the agility needed to play good defense. Erin Thorn helped the group work out their minds, as she led them in some trivia. Tamara Moore demonstrated to the kids that they can get in shape while improving their skills as she took them through passing and shooting drills.

Check out the photos from the fun-filled day!

For more information on the league-wide Be Smart Be Fit Be Yourself program, check out the WNBA website.