Sparks Get Outside & Play at The Grove

The Sparks held their 2010 Fan Fest at The Grove in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 to mingle with fans, take photos and bring awareness to health and fitness as part of the Sparks’ “Get Outside & Play LA” campaign.

The initiative is in partnership with Farmers Insurance, Anthem Blue Cross, First 5 LA, Air Quality Management District and Sport Chalet. Its goal is to inspire kids in the Los Angeles area to lead active and healthy lifestyles, through events that promote wellness and exercise.

Candace Parker and Ticha Penicheiro fired up the crowd during team introductions, thanking fans for supporting the team. Fans then had a chance to dribble and shoot with their favorite players, raising money for the March of Dimes.

Attendees also took pictures with the Sparks and got autographs from the players at the lively outdoor event, which featured a live DJ and both Sparks dance teams, the Ole Skool Crew and SparKids. The team took over the stage with Delisha Milton-Jones, aka “MC Sunshine,” grabbing the mic and getting the crowd dancing and singing.

In addition to the event at The Grove, other Sparks “Get Outside and Play LA” events this season include the Sparks playing in their first outdoor game in franchise history on June 5th in the Sparks Sunset Showdown at the Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium in Carson, CA against the Seattle Storm, which will also feature a Zumba ® Fitness demonstration during half-time.

On Saturday, July 3rd, the Sparks will host the Downtown Dribble, an event that will take place on Chick Hearn Ct. in between LA Live and STAPLES Center before the team’s 2:00pm game against the Seattle Storm. The Downtown Dribble will feature activities like “Dribble Tag,” a “Dibble-a-thon” and a “Dribble Like the Pros” clinic. Registration for the event is $20 in advance, with the proceeds benefiting the Jenesse Center. The goal of the Downtown Dribble is to inspire Los Angeles to get fit and get outside and play.

Video from the event!

For more information on Sparks community initiatives please call 213-929-1306 or email