Mystics Fan Francine Panzo Named Winner for Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., September 4, 2008 – Washington Mystics fan and long-time season ticket holder, Francine Panzo has been named one of the winners of the WNBA and adidas i-design contest which allowed fans to test and design a shooting shirt to be worn on-court by the team. The entire Washington Mystics team will wear her design on Fan Appreciation Night prior to the September 14 game when the Mystics host the Minnesota Lynx at 4:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Panzo has been a Mystics season ticket holder for the last 11 years.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and adidas announced today the winners of the adidas WNBA i-design contest. Fifteen entries were selected to be made into actual adidas shooting shirts. One winning design for each of the 14 WNBA teams will be worn on court during their respective Fan Appreciation Night. A separate winning league-wide design will be worn during the WNBA Finals.

Megan Farley from Universal City, Texas created the winning design that will be worn during the 2008 WNBA Finals. Inspired by her mother, a season ticketholder of the San Antonio Silver Stars, Farley incorporated all 14 WNBA team logos and united them together within the outline of the WNBA logo. As the grand prize winner, Farley will receive a trip for two to a WNBA Finals game.

The following is a list of winners from each WNBA team market:

Christy Leary Atlanta Dream September 8, 2008
Susan Loftus Chicago Sky September 14, 2008
Desiree Marinas Connecticut Sun September 13, 2008
Jenna Blackburn Detroit Shock September 11, 2008
Sixto Wagan Houston Comets September 12, 2008
Brian Aherne Indiana Fever September 14, 2008
Jamesa Alston L.A Sparks September 14, 2008
Olivia Blanchflower Minnesota Lynx September 12, 2008
Frances Arsa Arth NY Liberty September 14, 2008
Gina Manzella Phoenix Mercury September 7, 2008
Marlayna Autrey Sacramento Monarchs September 9, 2008
Pamela Dyer San Antonio Silver Stars September 13, 2008
Rachel Gerhardt Seattle Storm September 12, 2008
Francine Panzo Washington Mystics September 14, 2008

Fans were able to go to WNBA.com and rate and comment on each submitted design. Winning design submissions were then determined by a panel of WNBA and adidas representatives. They will be manufactured by adidas, the Official Outfitter of the WNBA, and worn during each team’s Fan Appreciation Night. T-shirts based on the winning designs will also be created and made available for purchase in arenas and on wnbastore.com, while supplies last.

In addition to their designed shirt worn on court by the WNBA players, the winning designer in each market will receive two tickets to attend a WNBA game. The winners will also receive a special version of their shooting shirt autographed by their respective team as well as an adidas prize pack. To see the winners’ designs or for more information, log onto WNBA.com/idesign.