Due to rising gas prices even school supplies prices are up, Shock and Meijer team up to help

WNBA Detroit Shock to Donate Back-to-School Supplies to Foster Families

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - In order for K-12 students to go back to school parents spend almost $600 on supplies, according to a recent survey done by the National Retail Federation. One-fifth of parents are forced to put away a portion of their economic stimulus check to pay for school supplies. This school year the WNBA Detroit Shock and their presenting sponsor Meijer teamed up to assist foster children and families from Orchards Children’s Services with school supplies.

On August 20, starting at 10:30 a.m. Shock players are donating backpacks filled with school supplies to kids participating in Orchards’ annual “Backpack Day.” Year Round Hoops Director Aaron Smith and the players are also hosting a Shock “WNBA Fit” Clinic to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The carnival-themed event lasts all day with activities ranging from hoola-hoop contests to basic safety training sessions.

“I have two children and I know the challenge and importance of back-to-school shopping, and how expensive it can be,” said Shock Forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, a graduate from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and a nine-year veteran of the WNBA.

“The Shock players understand the value of education and show it by providing our children and families with the necessary tools to start the year on a positive note,” says President and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services, Michael Williams.

Orchards Children’s Services is a full-service foster care facility. Their mission is to strengthen the community through quality services to children and families. For more information on their event and ways to help visit the website at www.orchards.org. Orchards is located at 30215 Southfield Road, Southfield 48076.

Meijer, the Grand Rapids-based retailer is pleased to present the 2008 Detroit Shock. For more information regarding tickets or to become a Shock Squad Member (ticket plan holder), please contact The Palace at (248) 377-0100 or log on to www.detroitshock.com.