WNBA Cares Week Tips Off 17th WNBA Season

-- Initiative focuses on Health and Wellness, and Inspiring Women --

The WNBA gives back to the community during the week of May 17
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NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 – To tip off the WNBA’s 17th season, the league, its teams and players will join community members and partners in a series of special events and community activities to celebrate WNBA Cares Week.

Community outreach efforts will emphasize the importance of WNBA players and executives as role models in their community, both inspiring youth and promoting health and wellness. Highlights of WNBA Cares Week will include:

  • The reigning champion Indiana Fever partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build homes.
  • The New York Liberty hosting a basketball clinic teaching the importance of teamwork for 75 children in the Bronx.
  • Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx speaking to children at a WNBA FIT Assembly about the importance of health and wellness, and living an active and healthy lifestyle.

  • A schedule of select WNBA Cares Week activities is below. Additional information, including dates and locations for each event, can be found on WNBA.com or on specific team websites.

    Atlanta: Dream players and staff will work with the Atlanta Food Bank’s Product Rescue Center sorting canned goods that will be delivered to those in need. The team will also hold its first “Take the Show on the Road” open practice and meet-and-greet in Kathleen, Ga. Additionally, members of the Dream’s front office will participate in Atlanta Streets Alive, an event that promotes keeping Atlanta healthy and moving.

    Chicago: The Sky will team up with No Kid Hungry and the Greater Chicago Food Depository for a Day of Service, during which players will volunteer their time at Beidler Elementary working the Choice Market set up by the Food Depository. Players will assist families at the market in selecting an assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables and non-perishable items. Each family will also receive tickets to the Sky home opener on May 31.

    Connecticut: For the second consecutive season, the Sun players, coaches and front office staff will serve dinner at the New London Community Meal Center. During the May 11 preseason game, the Sun hosted a food drive for non-perishable food that was donated to the Community Meal Center.

    Indiana: The 2012 WNBA champion will participate in a series of WNBA Cares events throughout the month of May, including building a home with Habitat for Humanity and conducting WNBA Fit clinics at local youth organizations,. Additionally, the team will host its annual MVP Tip-Off Party for season-ticket holders.

    Los Angeles: For the fifth consecutive year, the Sparks will participate in a Family Fun Day with the Jenesse Center, Inc., which aims to prevent and end the cycles of domestic violence through education, research, resources and advocacy throughout the nation. Players and coaches will host activities for the kids such as art projects, dribbling drills and exercise stations.

    Minnesota: The Lynx hosted a FIT Assembly featuring an appearance from Maya Moore, who spoke to the kids about the importance of health and wellness. Additionally, as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, Lynx players will help to repair and repaint houses.. The Lynx will also host the inaugural Tip-A-Lynx, which includes the entire Lynx team and coaching staff serving food and pouring drinks, as well as raffling off experiences in a silent auction. A portion of the night’s sales will go to support the Lynx Foundation and the Lynx Fastbreak Foundation.

    New York: The Liberty will host 75 children from Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organization WHEDco at Van Cortlandt Park’s Classic Playground in The Bronx. Liberty players and coaches will teach the children the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of exercise and teamwork. The clinic will include shooting, passing, ballhandling and defensive drills.

    San Antonio: The Silver Stars will join volunteers from Spurs Sports & Entertainment and St. Philips College in helping to clean up Martin Luther King Park on San Antonio’s Eastside. Silver Stars players and volunteers will help paint over graffiti in an effort to make the park a better environment for the community to enjoy.

    Phoenix: The Mercury hosted a “DeWanna Be Fit?” clinic for Valley children at a local Boys and Girls Club. The team and members of the Mercury Hip Hop Squad demonstrated how health and fitness can be fun by teaching the children a dance routine and discussing the importance of healthy eating. In Addition, the Mercury will make a special appearance to speak to students within the Elevate Phoenix program about the importance of education and fulfilling their dreams.

    Seattle: Storm players will read stories and help out with crafts at Ballard Public Library’s “Pajama Party,” as well as speak to audiences at the Hero House and Girl Rising movie screening about their path to the WNBA and what it’s like to play in the league. They will also be on hand at the Girls on the Run 5K to kick off the race and offer words of encouragement to the runners.

    Tulsa: Players from the Shock attended the Go Red for Women Luncheon to support Go Red, the AHA’s national campaign that supports women's heart health research.

    Washington: Mystics players will join forces with DC Central Kitchen to help prepare meals for underserved families and those most in need. DC Central Kitchen provides rigorous culinary job training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives.