WNBA celebrates dads and daughters

NEW YORK -- The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and 100 Black Men of America, Inc. will come together to celebrate the special connection between dads and daughters or girls with their male father figures by inviting them to experience female athleticism at its best. The WNBA Dads and Daughters program with 100 Black Men of America nurtures healthy relationships between fathers, daughters, mentors, and mentees by providing opportunities for them to spend quality time together through the game of basketball.

“We are pleased to work with 100 Black Men of America on the WNBA’s Dads and Daughters initiative, and we can’t think of a better way to foster these special relationships than by building strong bonds at WNBA games," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “In addition to experiencing great entertainment, this initiative provides opportunity for these families and friends to build lifelong memories.”

“We are proud to announce our program with the WNBA. The 100 Black Men of America is committed to the ongoing development, education and well-being of tomorrow's leaders and this initiative will allow us to expand our efforts in providing opportunities to improve overall health and well-being of young people,” said Chairman Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq. “We respect the WNBA's commitment to service and know that together, our efforts to uplift the community will continue to grow and look forward to helping our local chapters support WNBA teams in their respective markets.”

To tip off the WNBA’s Dads and Daughters celebration with 100 Black Men of America, several activities are scheduled for June 15, including a special recognition at the Chairman’s Award Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta where WNBA President Laurel J. Richie will receive the Chairman's Award for Mentoring Leadership. Members of 100 Black Men of America and the WNBA will reunite later that evening with students from the mentee program at Philips Arena for a night filled with excitement and festivities, including a halftime presentation on center court during the Atlanta Dream’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks. In addition, the young fans will have the opportunity to meet with select WNBA players and receive special items from the Atlanta Dream.

The WNBA Dads and Daughters program with 100 Black Men of America program will also include the opportunity for two members of the Collegiate 100 or 100 Black Men of America’s mentee group to be considered for a summer internship at the WNBA’s headquarters in New York. About the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The national organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, industry, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. Today, under the direction of Albert E. Dotson, Jr., the organization has 116 chapters, and growing, in the United States, England and the Caribbean. Members represent a myriad of professions including corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, entertainers, elected officials, professional athletes, educators and men from numerous other professions that have created an international coalition focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities and creating positive, nurturing mentoring relationships that extend across a lifetime. Visit www.100blackmen.org for more information on the programs and initiatives of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and their global network of chapters.

Through its Inspiring Women platform, the WNBA celebrates accomplishments in all disciplines. Through WNBA Cares, the league’s community outreach initiative, the WNBA addresses important social issues, including health and wellness, education, and youth and family development. The WNBA and its teams support a range of programs, partners, and initiatives that strive to impact children and families worldwide.