Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to support Phoenix Mercury Plan-It League program

Phoenix Mercury teams up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

PHOENIX – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, in conjunction with the City of Phoenix, will support the 2007 Plan-It League program.

The Phoenix Mercury Plan-It League is a summer internship program that exposes interns to job opportunities in the sports industry. This program is open to incoming female high school juniors, seniors or college freshmen. These students will have the opportunity to receive educational training on coaching, officiating, athletic training and other related game personnel positions. They will also receive business training including sales and management techniques from staff members within the Mercury. In turn, these young women will pass on their knowledge to grade school girls through the development and coaching of a basketball team for recreational competition.

“The Plan-It League program gives students practical skills and knowledge that will benefit them in their future careers,” said Chauna Cox, City of Phoenix Plan-It League coordinator. “This program is much more than just a summer job or internship. It gives students an inside look at what it’s like to work in the world of professional sports.”

Winners of a franchise-high seven straight to finish 2006, the Phoenix Mercury look to pick up where they left off led by All-Stars Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in the record-shattering offense of head coach Paul Westhead. Under the direction of new general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Mercury open their 11th WNBA season on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM at US Airways Center against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The first 5,000 fans in the door will receive a Diana Taurasi replica jersey courtesy of the Arizona Lottery.