Special Events and Promotions Celebrate Dads and Daughters Throughout June

WNBA and AOL Partner to Honor Dads & Daughters During 2008 Season

NEW YORK, June 5, 2008 -- The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and AOL’s FanHouse (http://fanhouse.com), will celebrate the special connection between dads and daughters by inviting them to experience female athleticism at its best. From special ticket promotions to themed in-arena events, the WNBA Dads & Daughters presented by FanHouse will encourage dads and daughters to spend quality time together while forging a lasting bond through the game of basketball.

Dads & Daughters is proud to partner with the WNBA to promote the powerful combination of father-daughter bonding and great women's basketball. Dads & Daughters is a long-time advocate for Title IX and equal opportunities for girls and women in sports and academics and professional life. Father's Day month is a great opportunity for dads and daughters to celebrate their special relationship and enjoy a WNBA game together. Visit www.dadsanddaughters.org to learn more about our work to make the world safe and fair for our daughters.

Founded in 1999, Dads & Daughters is the world's only nonprofit dedicated to promoting the power and potential of father-daughter relationships. We work to make the world safe and fair for our daughters.

Julian Palmer
Executive Director

For more information on the Dads & Daughters organization, click here.
“The WNBA is coming off the best May in our history, and we are honored to recognize the dads and daughters who have contributed to our ongoing success,” said WNBA President Donna Orender. “We are excited to dedicate June, the month celebrating fathers, to this joint partnership that will give AOL a superb level of access to our fans.”

The league’s 14 teams will host events throughout June and offer exciting promotions, special premiums, collectable items, basketball clinics, player appearances and in-arena contests. Also, in honor of Father’s Day, the WNBA will create customized E-cards with an exclusive ticket offer to WNBA games to be sent to family members nationwide. Additional information on the personalized E-cards or team activities can be found at www.wnba.com.

“We are happy to work with the WNBA to celebrate the special bond between fathers and daughters and recognize the impact of women in sports,” said Derrick Heggans, General Manager, AOL Sports. “This promotion brings together two powerful brands, and provides fans an online extension to raise awareness of the importance of the WNBA to the sports community.”

As part of the partnership, FanHouse will also promote its brand through courtside signage, in-game advertisements and a variety of in-game promotions, along with prominent exposure on WNBA.com and team sites during the promotion. WNBA fans will be encouraged to visit the WNBA Dads & Daughters presented by FanHouse Web pages on both sites or during a respective theme night in WNBA markets.

AOL’s FanHouse features professionally written blogs covering professional and college sports. AOL has over 60 bloggers who deliver news and information from around the Internet and provide it to fans in a clear and concise manner. FanHouse recently received an Eppy Award for the Best Sports Blogs from Editor & Publisher Magazine.

Upcoming Dads & Daughters games include:

  • Atlanta Dream: Friday, June 13

  • Chicago Sky: Friday, June 13

  • Connecticut Sun: Friday, June 27

  • Detroit Shock: Sunday, May 25

  • Houston Comets: Saturday, June 14

  • Indiana Fever: Sunday, June 15

  • Los Angeles Sparks: Thursday, July 3

  • Minnesota Lynx: Thursday, June 12

  • New York Liberty: Saturday, June 14

  • Phoenix Mercury: Saturday, June 14

  • Sacramento Monarchs: Saturday, June 14

  • San Antonio Silver Stars: Friday, June 13

  • Seattle Storm: Wednesday, June 11

  • Washington Mystics: Friday, June 20

About AOL
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the largest Internet access businesses in the U.S., and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC and its subsidiaries have operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.

About the WNBA
Comprised of 14 teams and entering its 12th season, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women’s professional team sports league in America. Combined coverage on ABC and ESPN2, again providing appointment viewing in the form of its "WNBA Tuesdays," will include 21 national telecasts, while NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will offer 70 regular-season contests.

The WNBA is deeply committed to WNBA CARES programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting health and fitness, heart health awareness, reading and youth basketball programs. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.



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