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run for her

For the sixth consecutive year, the Sparks served as a proud sponsor of the run for her 5K Friendship Run/Walk, benefitting ovarian cancer research and awareness.

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Farmer's Market-Metro ExpressLanes Outreach

Sparky once again headed out to the City Hall Farmer’s Market to promote and get people excited for the Metro ExpressLanes. People were provided information regarding the new lanes and had the opportunity to sign up as well as take a photo with Sparky!

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Home Depot Charitable Foundation & LA Galaxy Foundation Annual Treat-n- Suites

Vampire Sparky had a spooktacular time with the children that stopped by the L.A. Sparks Halloween theme suite at the Home Depot Center during Home Depot Charitable Foundation & L.A. Galaxy Foundation’s Annual Treat-n-Suites event. The event included a series of Halloween-themed activities including a scavenger hunt, hayrides, a haunted cemetery and much more.

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2nd Annual
ING KiDS ROCK Los Angeles

Sparky participated in the 2nd Annual ING KiDS Rock Los Angeles event held at the Home Depot Center where he cheered on the runners and mingled with the kids. ING KiDS ROCK, is a non-timed, non-competitive running event for children in grades K – 7.

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Farmer's Market-Metro ExpressLanes Outreach

Sparky made his way out to the City Hall Farmer’s Market to promote and get people excited for the Metro ExpressLanes. People were provided information regarding the new lanes and had the opportunity to sign up as well as take a photo with Sparky!

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Candace Parker adidas Basketball ProCamp

Sparks Forward Candace Parker held her two-day adidas Basketball ProCamp at Calabasas High School for young athletes in the area. Parker highlighted the finer points of the game of basketball and beyond.

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Sparks Day Camp at JPAC

For the second year in a row, the Sparks hosted a free basketball clinic for the Special Needs Network’s annual Camp JPAC. Assistant Coaches Sandy Brondello and Jim Lewis and Forward DeLisha Milton-Jones worked with the kids on defense, dribbling and other ball handling skills. JPAC is the only free summer inclusion camp for children with autism and related developmental disabilities, and their siblings and peers.

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Simi Valley Ford Basketball Clinic Meet & Greet

Sparks Forwards, Nneka Ogwumike and DeLisha Milton-Jones and Head Coach Carol Ross hosted a free basketball clinic at the Simi Valley Ford dealership. Young athletes had the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, ask questions, get autographs and take a group photograph. The basketball clinic covered various basic drills, such as ball handling, dribbling, passing and more.

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Tip-A-Spark Fundraising Event

In efforts to raise funds for charity, Sparks players served as honorary waitresses, collecting tips to benefit the LA Sparks Foundation and Kids in Sports, Inc. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to bowl, play pool and arcade games and take pictures with players during the event! Sparky was also in attendance entertaining the fans.

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Assembly Member Holly Mitchell Christmas in July

Sparky joined 47th District Assembly member Holly Mitchell as a “Secret Santa” as she hosted her annual event, Christmas in July. Sparky handed out Christmas presents to local youths age 7-15 nominated by area schools, and their parents.

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SoCal HeARTS, Camp TLC

Sparky joined SoCal HeARTS at their Camp TLC, a summer camp for under resourced youth in the Los Angeles community. He hosted the “Olympic Games” for the kids encouraging them to push their limits.

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Let's Move California!
Fitness Feria

The Ole Skool Crew got it moving at the “Let’s Move California! Fitness Feria”. Sparky also made an appearance to dance along and get everyone excited. This free community event was filled with physical activities and fun designed to engage children and educate parents about nutrition, exercise, health and resources for a healthier lifestyle.

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LAPD & LAFD Safe Summer Tip-Off

The Ole Skool Crew boogied down and Sparky pumped up the crowd at the 2012 LAPD & LAFD Summer Tip-off basketball game held at USC Galen Center. This fun event included Information booths offering helpful "Summer-Safety Tips", free drawings for autographed sports memorabilia and much more.

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The Sparks players and front office staff participated in Habitat For Humanity and helped build a house in South Gate, California.
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Sparks guard, Kristi Toliver, and forward, Ebony Hoffman, both participated in the new Kinect for Xbox game, NBA Baller Beats, demo at the E3 Expo at the LA Convention Center. They joined Brooklyn Nets point guard, Deron Williams, retired NBA legend, Kenny ìThe Jetî Smith, and AND 1 Mix Tape legend Grayson Boucher, aka The Professor, to demonstrate this new ball-handling intense video game that uses an actual Spalding basketball.

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Los Angeles Sparks volunteered their time at Jenesse Center, Inc. for WNBA Cares week. The players spent time organizing and stocking clothes, shoes, toys and games in the new childrenís center, Nahlaís World, and stocked clothes, shoes, and salon accessories for the latest addition to Jenesseís Vocational Education Program, The Jenesse Style Center.

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On Saturday, May 12th, Sparky joined EIF Revlon for the annual Run/Walk for Women. Thousands of supporters came together to fundraise for the continued fight against womenís cancers.

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Sparks Forward, Ebony Hoffman, participated in the LAUSD Family Summit Celebrity Sports Panel alongside LA Lakers legend, AC Green, discussing the importance of education as an athlete. Sparky was also in attendance to show support.
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Sparky and the Old Skool Crew were out to entertain and support the walkers at the 2012 March of Dimes Walk for Babies. The Ole Skool Crew warmed up the walkers and Sparky greeted the crowd.
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The Ole Skool Crew, Sparky, our #1 Draft Pick Nneka Ogwumike, and recently signed Nicky Anosike joined the 12th Annual KJLH Womenís Health Forum at the Los Angeles Convention Center in efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among the women of our community.

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Sparky joined The YWCA of Glendale, The Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, and the Glendale community in the first annual ìWalk a Mile in Her Shoesî event. This international menís march raised awareness about the serious causes and effects of sexual violence in our community with the MEN leading the way wearing womenís shoes, symbolizing a commitment to this cause.

The Los Angeles Sparks were at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this year. The Sparks gave 2 season seats and a ball signed by the team to Linda Hirsch who raised over $3,000 in sponsorships! Sylvia Lopez and Gretchen Carr from KCAL 9 were on hand to emcee the eventís festivities and support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


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Sparky joined forces with ABC7, local firefighters and the Cerritos community for the Spark of Love "Stuff-A-Bus" Toy Drive. Sparky donated over 200 basketballs for needy children this holiday season on behalf of the Sparks organization. II Video II Donate.
Grun for her
For the fifth consecutive year, the Sparks served as a proud sponsor of the run for her 5K Friendship Run/Walk, benefitting ovarian cancer research and awareness. To join the Sparks team and donate money to the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. click here.
Ebony Hoffman led clinics and the SparKids performed at Girltopia at the LA Convention Center. Presented by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, thousands of girls gathered to have fun, find adventure, speak their minds, and be inspired by cool workshops, performances, a fashion show, special guest appearances and 150+ interactive exhibits!
Quinn reading
Ebony Hoffman and Noelle Quinn visited Castelar Street Elementary School in Chinatown to encourage students that Reading is The way up in an assembly presented by Sparks partner City National Bank.
Qdoba opening
Sparky and the SparKids joined in the grand opening celebration of the new Qdoba Mexican Grill in West Covina. Guests were treated to five dance performances by the SparKids!
Camp JPAC Basketball Clinic
Ebony Hoffman joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD officials and Lakers legend A.C. Green at the Santee Educational Complex to support the District's annual "Student Recovery Day" to curb student truancy.
Camp JPAC Basketball Clinic
Point guard Natasha Lacy and Assistant Coach Sandy Brondello conducted a skills clinic for over 70 campers at Camp JPAC, the only summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their siblings. Meanwhile, Sparky did his thing on the sidelines!
Heal the Bay Beach Clean-Up
Sparks players Tina Thompson, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Ebony Hoffman, LaToya Pringle and Jenna O'Hea joined team staffers, fans and partners Waste Management to pick up trash along a half-mile stretch of Santa Monica Beach. The event was held in support of Heal the Bay and the WNBA "Go Green" initiative.
Summer Night Lights
For the third consecutive year, the Sparks partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's anti-gang initiative "Summer Night Lights" for a series of youth basketball clinics across Southern California.
Candace Parker and Sparky had the honor of participating in the opening ceremonies for Camp JPAC, the only summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their siblings. While Sparky played frisbee and tag with some of the 200+ campers, Parker spoke about the importance that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and explore their imaginations at camp.
White Memorial
This Hawaiian-themed event honoring all 2010 volunteers who shared their talent and time volunteering at White Memorial Medical Center. Volunteers collectively provided the hospital with over 15,585 hours of volunteer service. Sparky worked the crowd while Candace Parker personally thanked these dedicated individuals.
Navasartian Games and Festival
From June 30 to July 3, the Sparks were well-represented at the 36th Annual Navasartian Games and Festival, the largest annual gathering of Armenian-Americans in Southern California. Players Natasha Lacy and Jenna O'Hea met some of the young competitors, Sparky worked the crowd and Sparks representatives answered questions about the team.
Sparks players Delisha Milton-Jones, Ebony Hoffman and Jenna O'Hea visited Synergy Charter Academyand Quincy Jones Elementary School to encourage 4th and 5th graders that Reading is The way up.
Genesse Center 2011
For the third consecutive year, the Sparks joined together as a team to volunteer at the Jenesse Center in support of families who are the victims of domestic violence. Players cleaned, shampood carpets and moved furniture at the three-story safehouse.
The Sparks held traveling practice Crenshaw High School in support of T.A.R.G.E.T. (Teens and Retailers Getting Educated on Tobacco) program. Along with partner LA County Department of Public Health Tobacco Control & Prevention Program and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, the Sparks helped send a powerful message about the dangers of smoking.
Day of Beauty
Rookie center Jantel Lavender paid a visit to Lulu's Hair Salon, where a fun and glamorous afternoon was provided for Southen California foster children.
Stand Up 2 Bullying
Forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Sparky joined over 1,000 students at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Corona to spread an important message - Stand Up 2 Bullying!.
Coach Gillom, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Ebony Hoffman, Noelle Quinn and Sparky joined over 40,000 Southern Californians in Exposition Park in the fight against women's cancers.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Sparks partnered with the March of Dimes in support of the March for Babies in Exposition Park. Sparky joined families committed to funding important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives, while the team raised nearly $1,000 for the cause.
Draft Party
Thanks to over 100 Sparks fans - and forward Ebony Hoffman - who joined the festivities at ESPN Zone L.A. live as we welcomed Jantel Lavender as the newest Spark!
All-Star Weekend
From Tina Thompson and Ticha Penicheiro participating in NBA/WNBA Cares community service projects, to Coach Gillom's WNBA Fit clinics to performances by the Ole Skool Crew and SparKids, the Sparks had a huge presence at NBA All Star Weekend in LA.
International Dream Games
The Sparks teamed up with Friends of West Los Angeles to present the 2011 International Dream Games over Martin Luther King Day Weekend, to give kids in Los Angeles the chance to play sports. The festivities included a youth clinic led by Coach Gillom led.


LA Mission
Sparky was in downtown Los Angeles at the All City Employee Benefits Service Association's (ACEBSA) "Holiday Sparkle" event at the City Hall Mall. The Sparks donated prizes and auction items to benefit the event.
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Sparky and the Ole Skool Crew were out at the LA Mission for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Sparky mingled with the crowd while the Ole Skool Crew performed a few dance numbers.
Ticha Penicheiro, Coach Gillom, Penny Toler, Sparks Co-Owners Kathy and Carla and the Sparks front office were out to show their support at the 6th annual run for her 5K run/walk for ovarian cancer research and awareness.
Sparks Vice President/General Manager Penny Toler was a speaker at the Black Women's Network Annual Business/Career Networking Forum on Saturday. The speakers focused on providing inspiration, insight and information for career development and personal growth.
The Sparks, Sparky and the Los Angeles community came together to raise funds to support lifesaving pediatric cancer research on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. There were prizes, music, and fun activities for the entire family!
Rescue Train
Sparky was out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the Race For The Rescues a 5K, 10K run/walk & kid's fun run to raise funds for 10 non-profit rescue groups. The event included fun activities for animal lovers of every age!
Sparky was at West Hollywood Park Auditorium (647 N. San Vicente, West Hollywood) on Saturday, October 23 at the Love Your Body Day Celebration hosted by America's Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson.
Head Start
The event was held at the Expo Center next to the Coliseum and was a free Learning & Resource Fair for families with children birth to five years old. There were 50 exhibitors providing resources, free flu shots, educational activities for children, workshops and family entertainment.
Sparks forward Candace Parker held her second annual Candace's Corner Clinic at Windward High School on Monday night. The gym was packed from wall to wall with kids learning basketball fundamentals.
Sparks star forward Candace Parker may be sidelined from the court but that hasn't stopped her from doing her part in the community. On July 22nd, Candace joined Matt Kemp, Jordan Farmar and Kerri Walsh for Farmers Insurance Be A Hero For Babies Day.
The Los Angeles Sparks and Champion Partner Trader Joe's joined forces to promote the Sparks Pay it Forward Night. Members of the Sparks team and coaching staff went to the Trader Joe's store in Long Beach to bag groceries, sign autographs, take photos and man tasting stations.
The entire Sparks team and coaching staff visited the Imperial Courts to spend time in the community. The players led the participants through drills, had a dance contest, took pictures and signed autographs!
The Sparks partnered with Waste Management, the Jonathan Club and Heal the Bay to clean up Santa Monica Beach. Sparks star Tina Thompson along with Betty Lennox and rookies Andrea Riley and Chanel Mokango got together to Go Green to tip-off WNBA Green Week!
The entire Los Angeles Sparks team and coaching staff went out to The Grove in Los Angeles to hang out and mingle with fans. They shot baskets, taught dribbling fundamentals, took photos and signed autographs with fans and patrons of the incredible shopping center!
Sparks Vice President & General Manager Penny Toler spent time with a child victim of domestic violence who has a love and passion for basketball.
The Sparks partnered with Los Angelesí 74th Street Elementary to recognize the winners of the schoolís second-annual African-American Hero essay contest, in honor of Black History Month.
Sparks Co-owner Carla Christofferson spoke to participants of the Grad Girls Network about reaching their goals at their 2010 Fundraising Mixer. Grad Girls Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help underprivileged high school girls become independent, successful graduates.
The Sparks kicked off their Black History Month celebrations with a sizzling poetry slam at Daí Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Sparks in partnership with the ìI Have A Dreamî Foundation Los Angeles honored and celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting kids to reflect on the importance of Dr. Kingís teachings by entering the Sparks ìI Have A Dreamî Essay Contest.


On Tuesday, December 15, the Sparks stopped by the Girls Club of Los Angeles to read to almost one hundred lucky kids. Sparky was on hand to pose with the children and pass out holiday gift bags to kids and parents in attendance.
The Los Angeles Sparks joined up with the Los Angeles Mission to help serve more than 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to homeless guests in downtown Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for their 5th annual run for her 5k Run and Friendship Walk. The event is held each year to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer.
In a partnership with Pitney Bowes and in conjunction with the WNBA, Bobbitt visited the Girlís Club of Los Angeles to read the book ìHey Lil D! Stuck in the Middleî to 50 underprivileged children.
Lisa Leslie stopped by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to spend an afternoon with Cristina a breast cancer patient and her doctor.
In an effort to continue building a stronger Los Angeles community, the Sparks teamed up with the LA Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to hold a family basketball clinic.
Sparks players and coaches bagged groceries, passed out delicious samples and signed autographs for fans and customers at Trader Joe's to encourage fans to bring canned goods and non-perishable food to "Pay it Forward" night at the Sparks game on August 6.
The Sparks held a team camp and clinic for Los Angeles area youth teams on Saturday, July 18 at Pasadena City College. The entire team was on hand to give basketball drills to youth teams in the Los Angeles area.
The Los Angeles Sparks and the ìI Have a Dreamî Foundation of Los Angeles teamed up to give inner city kids a chance to tour the University of Southern California campus and meet with Sparks Head Coach Michael Cooper and center Lisa Leslie.
Sparks MVPs dined at Ciudad in Downtown Los Angeles and were served by their favorite Sparks in an effort to raise money for the Women's Care Cottage and the Gay and Lesbian Center.
The Sparks, Subway and the Union Rescue Mission teamed up to provide winterland fun for underpriviledged families residing at the mission.
Los Angeles Sparks Forward Delisha Milton-Jones took part in the WNBA Caresí ìGo Greenî event in New York City. The NBA Store hosted local youth to take part in an exciting afternoon as they learned the importance of ìGoing Greenî from Milton-Jones.
Sparks players and staff joined the Jenesse Center and Halle Berry to create a ìhomeî for a family that was a victim of domestic violence. Participants helped by painting walls, reupholstering chairs, and decorating different living spaces with new furnishings.
Rookie Forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton took time out to read with local 3rd to 5th grade students at the Mar Vista Community Center as part of the Pitney Bowes ìReading Time Outî program. Wisdom-Hylton read The Real Slam Dunk and the children paid close attention. Each student received a goodie bag and four lucky students won Sparks prizes for correctly answering questions about the book.
The Los Angeles Sparks partnered with Pasadena Community College to put on the second annual Traveling Practice presented by Boost Mobile at PCCís Hutto-Patterson.
6/14/09: Girl Scouts Inaugural Gold Award Ceremony
Los Angeles Sparks owners, Carla Christofferson and Kathy Goodman, were keynote speakers for the Girls Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Inaugural Gold Award Ceremony. The event was held to honor local Girl Scouts who made a difference in their community by dedicating more than 65 hours toward creating and implementing individual community service projects.
Lisa Leslie made a return to her alma mater, Morningside High School, along with members of the Los Angeles Sparks as they teamed up with the ìRight to Playî foundation. The event focused on helping local youth by using sport and play programs as a way to improve their health and develop life skills.
The Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with March for Dimes and took part in the foundationís annual 5k ìMarch for Babiesî at Exposition Park. The Sparks raised several thousand dollars for the organization which focuses on the education and research of healthy babies. Candace Parker and Coach Michael Cooper were on hand to walk with the team.
Sparks Head Coach Michael Cooper and General Manager Penny Toler were in downtown LA on Saturday to run a to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.


In honor of the holiday season, the Sparks are proud to be a part of the ABC7 Firefighters' Spark of Love Annual Toy Drive. In support of this event, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Sparks offices beginning Monday, 12/1.
Sparks Head Coach Michael Cooper visited the Nike Offices in Culver City to share his knowledge on the importance of strength training and conditioning with over 150 local high school basketball coaches.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, November 16 to help raise money for ovarian cancer research during the 4th Annual Run for Her. The event was a HUGE success hanks to all of you who participated and joined the cause.
In honor of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the LA Sparks and are hosting an exciting event which honors female participation in sports.
Sparks head Coach Michael Cooper joined the March of Dimes and some of their biggest sponsors and dedicated supporters for the kick-off breakfast for the 2008 March for Babies.

2/7/08: CFC Awards Ceremony

Coach Michael Cooper was the guest speaker and helped distribute awards at the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) awards and recognition ceremony recognizing and thanking Federal employees for giving $3,800,000 to local, national and international charities through the CFC. The CFC is the largest workplace fundraising program, benefiting over 1,000 charities in Los Angeles county.


11/17/07: Battle of the High School Marching Bands

On Monday, November 13, 2007, the Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with Nike and USA Basketball to host a fun, competitive, star-studded event with some of the most celebrated womenís basketball players in the world.
run for her
On Sunday, November 11, 2007 the Los Angeles Sparks teamed up with Cedars Sinai Womenís Cancer Research Institute to host the third annual, ìrun for herî, 5K Run and Friendship Walk. To date, this was the largest ìrun for herî event with over 2,500 participants and roughly $600,000 raised for Womenís Cancer Research Institute.

10/13/07: "Get in the Game" - Lady Lawyers Basketball Tournament

Cal Sparks
Cal Sparks Fall Tip Off took place Mater Dei High School as a two-day basketball tournament where 38 participating girlís teams from around the area, aged from 4th grade through high school, showcased their talents on the court in front of hundreds of friends and families.
9/27/07: Young Literati's Annual Toast
Tip-A-Spark Fundraiser
The Sparks hosted the Inaugural Tip-A-Spark Fundraiser at the Long Beach GameWorks. Fans had a fantastic time while Sparks players and coaches served as waitresses and waiters with tips going towards the iCare Foundation, a non-profit charity benefiting foster kids.
Big Bunny's Spring Fling
In celebration of Easter weekend, the Sparks partnered with Radio Disney and the Los Angeles Zoo and participated in their annual Big Bunny's Spring Fling event which took place on Saturday, April 7th.
Leslie Makes First 5 California
First 5 California has teamed up with WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie to launch the updated Kit for New Parents, a free comprehensive parenting resource that includes everything, from practical advice on prenatal care, to information on a childís first years.
Get in the Game Lady Lawyers League
The Sparks front office participated in the Get in the Game Lady Lawyers League tournament at the student activities center on the campus of UCLA on Sunday, March 11th, 2007.
Foster Care PSA
2/11/07: Foster Care Public Service Announcement
Sparks guard filmed a Public Service Announcement for foster care with several celebrities including, Stevie Wonder, Steve Harris, Judge Mathis, Tommy Davidson, Dawn Lewis, Malco,lm Jamal Warner and a host of others.The PSAs will appear on television, the Internet, in movie theaters, at sporting events, and in 1000 churches across the nation.
21st Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
2/9/2007: 21st Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Sparks guard Temeka Johnson was a guest instructor at the 21st Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. She signed autographs and answered questions from girls of all ages. A total of 500 girls were in attendance.


The Team Is Keeping Our Beaches Clean
After the long Fourth of July weekend, the Sparks team, coaches, SparKIDS, and Home Court Advantage members helped clean Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo on Sunday, July 9th, 2006 from 10:00AM - 11:00AM.
Sparks Rally At City Walk
The entire Los Angeles Sparks team and coaching staff returned to Universal City Walk this season to host their 10th Anniversary Season Pep Rally on Saturday, May 27th, 2006 from 3:00PM - 5:00PM.
Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself
The Los Angeles Sparks took part in the Girls On The Run Motherís Day Race at Griffith Park from 7:00AM - 10:00AM on Sunday, May 14th, 2006.
The Los Angeles Sparks took part in the WNBA's Be Fit Tour at Disneyland from 10:00AM - 3:00PM on Sunday, May 14th, 2006.
Sparks Rock Santa Monica
The Los Angeles Sparks rocked the historic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, May 13th from 11:30AM - 1:30PM.
Leslie Assists Indiana Fever Event
Students from local Indianapolis schools were told to ìdream bigî during ìChoices for Champions," a question-and-answer session presented before the Indiana Feverís preseason game against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Basketball at the Beach
The Sparks had a strong presence at the Venice Beach boardwalk for the Jr. WNBAís Gatorade Championship Series held on April 22nd, 2006.
An Egg-citing Day
Radio Disneyís ìEaster Eggs-plosion of Fun,î held on April 15th at Johnny Carson Park, was a terrific event for the Sparks to take part in.
Mission Accomplished
Sparks forward Mwadi Mabika, along with Mayor Antonio Villaragosa and numerous television personalities, lent a helping hand on April 14th by serving meals to homeless families at the Los Angeles Mission Good Friday Celebration.
8th Annual Girls Sports Day
The Sparks participated in Girls Sports Day L.A. at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex on Saturday, April 8th, 2006 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM.
 Mwadi Mabika
The Sparks were represented by Mwadi Mabika at Edison Elementary School in Burbank on Friday, March 24th, 2006 from 9:00AM - 10:30AM.
Pennies for Patients
To round out her series of appearances this week, Holdsclaw participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyís ìPennies for Patients" school assembly Friday, February 17th, 2006 from 9:30AM - 10:15AM at Downey High School to about 1,000 students.
On Thursday, February 16th, 2006 Sparks Forward Chamique Holdsclaw attended the Black ìHer-storyî Poetry Night from 7:00PM - 8:00PM in the student union on the campus of California State University Northridge.
Rites of Sisterhood
On Sunday, February 12th, 2006 Sparks All-Star Forward Chamique Holdsclaw attended the Rites of Sisterhood Annual Black History Month Dinner Celebration from 6:00PM - 8:00PM on the campus of USC.


The entire Sparks team turned out at the Crenshaw Christian Community Center on August 20th to host its 5th annual clinic. 120 Participants started the day by receiving notebooks filled with information and attending workshops geared towards academics and fitness. After a break for lunch, the entire Sparks team and coaching staff showed up to interact with kids and aid them at various basketball skills stations and contests. Kids left with pictures, autographs and smiles!
As a ìthank youî to over 1,000 2005 Sparks season tickets holders the Sparks organization held an event on August 18th at the Staples Center to give the fans more insight into what the Sparks are all about. Fans got to tour the locker room, receive autographs from the entire team, take pictures with the championship trophies and enjoy a complimentary dinner and gifts.
To promote literacy, DisneyHand, Radio Disney, and the Los Angeles Sparks took part in a WNBA Read To Achieve ìreading timeout.î The event also included a special visit from Minnie Mouse. Los Angles Sparks players Tamecka Dixon and Nikki Teasley read fun Disney stories to children and signed autographs for everyone in attendance. Nikki read The Lion King to the first group and then had the kids take turns reading aloud to her in the reading chair.
fter the game against the Indiana Fever on Saturday August 13th, Sparks Center Christi Thomas came out and had a 15-minute ìmeet ën greetî with a group of kids from a Los Angeles YMCA.
Nikki Teasley spoke to both the Watts/Willowbrook and Harbor City Boys & Girls Clubs clubs on the importance of staying in school and hanging out with the ìright crowd.î During the Watts Club visit, that had about 300 kids in attendance, she also taught a short ball handling clinic. She finished her visit by signing autographs and taking pictures with the kids.
On this special day, the Los Angeles Sparks offered Avon Walk for Breast Cancer participants and their supporters the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the Sparks vs. Fever game at 7:30PM.
Chamique Holdsclaw joined the Ole Skool Crew and FOX 11ís ìWednesday Childî news from 4:00-4:30pm. During the segment, being filmed at Christy Bussís Dance Studio, Chamique presented one of her autographed jerseys to an L.A. area foster child whose passions include basketball and dancing and then hung out with a class of young dancers.
Tamecka Dixon visited Weemes Elementary School and Ms. Matsuiís third grade classroom this Thursday June 23, 2005 from 12:30-1:30pm. After reading the students a story written by legendary author Dr. Seuss, she answered all of their questions and signed autographs. Each student received two books, courtesy of Disney, and a Sparks goodie bag. This was the teamís third Read To Achieve event of the 2005 season.
The team hosted its annual ìKids In Camp Dayî during WNBA Kids Week on Tuesday July 19th vs. the Washington Mystics.
Christi Thomas visited Pasadena on July 13th to speak with and answer questions to campers in attendance of the Henry Bibby Basketball Skills Camp. Christi relayed positive life messages while including her own personal stories of how to be a successful basketball player and student. Campers were enthusiastic to ask questions and received autographs following the meet and greet.
Lisa Leslie and Mwadi Mabika made a special guest appearance at Coach Bibbyís Redondo Beach Summer Basketball Camp from 1:30-2:30pm on Thursday June 30, 2005. Lisa spoke to the campers about her experiences playing in high school, college, professionally, and at the Olympics. Afterwards, each child got an opportunity to meet both athletes and get their autograph.
The AVON Walk Expo was a great event for the Sparks to be a part of. While promoting the Sparks ìLadies Night Out Eventî to be held August 13th, 2005 at the game against the Indiana Fever, Sparks staff also passed out fliers, gifts, bumper stickers, pocket schedules, tickets to games and booster club information to receptive participants. Raising awareness about breast cancer has been one of the primary causes of the Los Angeles Sparks this season.
Christi Thomas attended the highly regarded Gold Awards Ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday June 5, 2005. She presented each deserving Girl Scout their award and shared a few words of wisdom of her own.
The Sparks celebrated the first ìWNBA Kids Health & Fitness Dayî by hosting a private viewing of practice for the El Segundo High School Girls Varsity Basketball team, followed up with a fitness discussion from WNBA All-Star guard Nikki Teasley.
The Los Angeles Sparks visited Norwalk Regional Library on Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. to promote the importance of reading and education to local 3rd and 4th grade students. Tamika Whitmore and Dee Dee Wheeler read a book to separate groups of students and then combined the two to answer questions and sign autographs. All of the kids received a Sparks goodie bag that included a ticket voucher to the home-opener, a book of their choice, a Read To Achieve bookmark and several other Sparks goodies.
The Los Angeles Sparks hosted a pep rally to kick off the 2005 season on Saturday May 14, 2005 at Universal CityWalk from 2:00 - 4:00pm. The SparKIDS, the Sparks official dance team, kicked off the event with their very first performance of the season. The entire team and coaching staff were on hand to pump up the crowd for the upcoming season and sign autographs. The Sparks sport court was also available for a continuous shooting contest where each contestant took home a Sparks crazy wig!
The WNBA has hit the road with its traveling mobile fitness tour. Part of the League's National initiative, "Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself," the "WNBA Be Fit Tour presented by McDonald's," will travel to all 13 WNBA markets, promoting the importance of health, fitness and self-confidence to teen girls and women through fun, interactive activities and positive messaging. The SparKIDS had two performances during this event, The Pasadena Summerfest held at the Rose Bowl, and team representatives were on hand to supply Sparks information and conduct a raffle for an autographed Lisa Leslie jersey!
The Sparks had a presence the entire day at the Motherís Day 10K/5K Race presented by Girls On The Run at Griffith Park. After the race and award ceremony the Sparks launched their first ever ìBe Smart ñ Be Fit ñ Be Yourselfî program
The Sparks had a presence the entire day at the jr. nba/wnba championships at Pan Pacific Park. Pati Freund represented the ticketing department and had a booth set up with season ticket information and a raffle for a Lisa Leslie bobble head doll.
Christi Thomas made a guest appearance Saturday, April 9th from 11:00AM - 1:30PM at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex for the Seventh Annual Girls In Sports Day L.A. presented by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
Christi teamed up with CBS Channel 2 Sports Director Jim Hill to speak with two groups of sixth grade students about staying in school and establishing positive goals. Each session went for about thirty minutes and included a Q&A session from the students. There were 180 ìpush-pullî vouchers given out to the students and teachers for our home opener against San Antonio along with pocket schedules for this season. At the end of the presentation two Sparks t-shirts were raffled out to one student in each group.