Barnes Receives Offseason Community Assist Award

June 2, 2004


SEATTLE - Seattle Storm forward Adia Barnes is the recipient of the WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award, the team announced today. This offseason, Barnes returned to Seattle two months prior to training camp to participate in the “Stormin’ the Sound” community relations program, for which she made several appearances throughout the Seattle community.

Barnes, who also has her own foundation, “Adia’s Dreams in Action,” will receive her Community Assist Award from WNBA Chief Operating Office Ann Sarnoff prior to tomorrow night’s tip-off between the Storm and the Phoenix Mercury at KeyArena. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

“I am very grateful that the league has given me this award,” Barnes said. “It was a pleasure for me to return to Seattle prior to the season and be active in this community, as it has become my second home. I really enjoy all of the kids and fans that I’ve encountered through the ‘Stormin’ the Sound.’ appearances”

Beginning in February, Barnes, who is in her third season with the Storm, conducted over 30 appearances in eight weeks, including school assemblies, clinics, keynote speaking engagements and reading events. As part of her foundation, Barnes has also donated school supplies and hosted a toy drive in partnership with the Seattle Police Department and the Sonics.

Last month Barnes was a spokesperson for the partnership between the Storm and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. In support of the WNBA Mind.Body.Spirit. program and the National Dairy Council’s “3-A-Day of Dairy” campaign, she participated in two school assemblies educating students on nutrition and the importance of consuming three servings of dairy each day.

Barnes joins Andrea Stinson, Charlotte Sting; Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun; Barb Farris, Detroit Shock; Cynthia Cooper; Houston Comets; Niele Ivey, Indiana Fever; Nikki Teasley, Los Angeles Sparks; Tamika Williams, Minnesota Lynx; Becky Hammon, New York Liberty; Kayte Christensen, Phoenix Mercury; DeMya Walker, Sacramento Monarchs; Adrienne Goodson, San Antonio Silver Stars; and Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics as players recognized by the WNBA for their offseason community outreach.

As a result of their efforts, the WNBA will donate $500 in the name of each offseason award winner to the charity of her choice.

During the regular season, the WNBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. Each month all 13 WNBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award, which honors the player who best reflects the league’s passion for making a difference in their communities.

Through programs such as WNBA Breast Health Awareness, WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit, and WNBA Read to Achieve, the WNBA has helped to create a more comprehensive awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, good nutrition, regular exercise, and a positive self-image, and has worked to bring the joy of reading to millions of children across the country.

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