Mystics Give Kids a Head Start

On Monday, May 10th, the day after the Washington Mystics’ 77-58 preseason win over the Atlanta Dream, players La’Tangela Atkinson, Nikki Blue, Marissa Coleman, Monique Currie, Jennifer Lacy and Kristen Mann visited George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia to help with a planting project. The Mystics partnered with community service organizations, Gifts in Kind International and the Campagna Center, to beautify the school’s entrance. The athletes spent the morning digging up weeds and spreading soil to plant donated flowers and shrubs. It was hard work but there was no lack of encouragement among the players. At one point, La’Tangela Atkinson watched as Nikki Blue dug up a pile of dirt and rocks. She cheered enthusiastically, “Get it, Blue!” Blue, who is from Bakersfield, California, had never gardened before, but said there was a sense of accomplishment from seeing all the progress the team and other volunteers made on the garden. After working outside, the team spent some time with eight toddlers from the Early Head Start program of the Campagna Center. Inside the school, Jennifer Lacy read the toddlers a story before they all planted individual pots in the classroom. The Early Head Start program serves infants and toddlers of low-income families in Alexandria. There is no doubt that by lending an extra hand, the Washington Mystics helped to improve the entrance of the school and raise the spirits of the community.