WNBA and Detroit Shock Join President in Call to Service as Part of the United We Serve Initiative

President Barack Obama To Honor 2008 WNBA Champion Detroit Shock At White House

NEW YORK, July 22, 2009 – President Barack Obama will honor the 2008 WNBA Champion Detroit Shock for their accomplishments both on and off the court at a ceremony on South Portico of the White House on Monday, July 27, 2009. The ceremony will include a gift presentation from the Shock to the president. Prior to the ceremony, the WNBA and the Shock will join forces with United We Serve – a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving in their communities this summer – to host a special WNBA FIT Clinic at the Richard England Boys & Girls Club in Washington, D.C..

The entire team, along with WNBA Legend, Community Ambassador and fitness expert, Jennifer Azzi, will promote fitness, nutrition, and self-confidence to 80 boys and girls at the club through interactive stations and positive messaging. WNBA FIT is part of the league’s social responsibility initiative, WNBA Cares, which supports educational programming, promotes hands-on community service and inspires young people and women of all ages to learn about the importance of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

About United We Serve: United We Serve, President Obama’s summer service initiative, is a call to all Americans to join a volunteer effort this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America, one community at a time. United We Serve officially started Monday, June 22, and runs through the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. Through United We Serve, President Obama is challenging all Americans – young and old, from every background all across this country – to create meaningful change in their communities and help lay a new foundation for growth by engaging in service that is sustained and focuses on impact. The president’s call to participate in United We Serve focuses on four key areas where everyone can really impact their communities: energy and the environment, health care, education, and community renewal. President Obama is also encouraging Americans to visit www.serve.gov to find service opportunities near them, post their projects, and tell their friends and neighbors what they’re working on.

About the WNBA: The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Comprised of 13 teams, the WNBA is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. The 2009 WNBA season tipped off June 6 on ABC. Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

Press Contacts: Dina Skokos, WNBA, (212) 407-8840 or dskokos@nba.com
Megan Heinemann, Detroit Shock, (248) 377-8626 or mheinemann@palacenet.com