Insurance Provider to Maintain Support of Community Program


Washington, D.C. –The Washington Mystics and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) have continued their corporate partnership of the Community 3’s for a third consecutive year. In addition, CareFirst and the Mystics will also partner for a diaper drive for the March of Dimes’ Mama and Baby Bus on Sunday, August 15 when the Mystics host the Seattle Storm at 4:00 p.m. The Mama and Baby Bus is the first and only prenatal/dental mobile unit in the city, it provides free prenatal and dental care to pregnant women in wards 1, 2, 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C. The mobile unit parks at six different locations every week.

“As a multi-year partner of the Mystics with unsurpassed commitment to our communities, we are thrilled to continue our relationship with CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield this season,” stated Director of Corporate Partnerships, Rob Hur. “Collaboratively, we have again teamed to create programs and enhance awareness that continue making a positive difference in people’s lives”.

As part of the Community 3’s initiative, CareFirst will donate $100.00 for every three pointer made by the Washington Mystics during the 2010 season. Through 19 games, $7,800 has been raised for the Mama and Baby Bus, this year’s beneficiary of the Community 3’s program.

“The Mystics are playing great this year,” said Gregory A. Devou, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CareFirst. “It’s been an exciting season thus far, and CareFirst is proud to partner with our home team Mystics to help improve maternal health in some of DC’s critical need areas.”

In its 73rd year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas.

The Mystics are currently in second place in the eastern conference. Season and group tickets for the 2010 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster franchise, and Kettler Capitals Iceplex - the training facility for the Washington Capitals. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of the Patriot Center arena at George Mason University.