Dream In The Community
The Atlanta Dream recognizes that teamwork occurs not just on the court but every day in the community. The Dream has partnered with non-profit organizations across the Atlanta area to create programs, events and appearances that make a positive impact on the community. The team strives to serve as ambassadors in the community, building relationships and partnerships across the metro Atlanta area.
Atlanta Dream players will make over 200 appearances throughout the metro-Atlanta area from April-September, investing countless hours in the community. Players consistently visit schools, hospitals, Boys & Girls clubs, YMCA/YWCA camps, women’s shelters and civic organizations. They also support a broad range of charitable events and several Dream players make an impact through their own personal foundations. Player Appearance Information
“Power of Girls” Mentoring Program
Atlanta Dream players will mentor metro Atlanta girls throughout the 2008 season. As part of the program, the girls will attend monthly outings with the players and will be honored during a celebration and awards dinner with players and coaches. Each participant will also receive official “Power of Girls” gear. More Information
Atlanta Dream Be Fit Program
As an advocate for healthy living, the Atlanta Dream is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to non-profit organizations committed to health and wellness. The Atlanta Dream “Be Fit” program stresses the importance of physical activity, healthy lifestyles and positive self image.
“Dream Big, Play Big”
The Atlanta Dream is committed to promoting the game of basketball to girls. The “Dream Big, Play Big” program is designed to introduce girls to the sport through hour-long clinics conducted at local schools, non-profit organizations and churches.
Read to Achieve
Read to Achieve is a year-round, league-wide initiative supported by NBA, WNBA and NBDL teams that promotes the values of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. Atlanta Dream players will read to students at local schools and at youth camps during the summer. The Dream will also partner with the Atlanta Public Library System for an incentives-based reading program designed to encourage youth to make reading a lifelong habit.
“I Have a Dream” Essay Contest
Georgia students will have the opportunity to explore their creative side through an essay contest which asks students: “What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “dream” of today? The winner of the contest will receive an Atlanta Dream assembly program at his/her school with Dream player and mascot, a chance to share their speech with their classmates, and two free tickets to a home game of their choice.
Dream Pink Breast Cancer Awareness
Atlanta Dream Pink Breast Cancer Awareness focuses on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer. During the 2008 Dream season, one home game will be designated as “Dream Pink” night, during which all game and entertainment elements will focus on the theme of breast cancer awareness.
Go Red for Women
In partnership with the American Heart Association, the Atlanta Dream will help raise funds, generate awareness and educate women about the importance of heart health. Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx, June 2, 2008 will be designated as the Go Red for Women game. Go Red for Women Recap.
American Red Cross Dream Blood Drive
In partnership with the American Red Cross, the Atlanta Dream will generate awareness and educate the public about the importance of blood donations by partnering for a blood drive this summer. The Atlanta Dream Blood Drive will take place at select malls and donor centers throughout the metro-Atlanta area from August 24 - September 1.
Atlanta Dream Food Drive
In partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Atlanta Dream will host a food drive at a designated home game during the 2008 season. March of Dimes: Atlanta Dream players, coaches and staff will participate in the March for Babies at Centennial Olympic Park in support of the March of Dimes’ mission to ensure a healthy future for all babies. One of the Dream’s 2008 home games will be designated as the March of Dimes celebration. 2008 Food Drive Recap.
March of Dimes
Atlanta Dream players, coaches and staff will participate in the March for Babies at Centennial Olympic Park in support of the March of Dimes' mission to ensure a healthy future for all babies. Atlanta Dream vs. Detroit Shock, June 22, 2008 will be designated as the March of Dimes game. More Information.
Nothing But Nets
The Atlanta Dream and teams across the WNBA have joined the Nothing But Nets campaign in the fight against malaria. Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria. You can save a life.
The Dream encourages individuals to support the cause by donating $10 to “send a net, save a life.” This public effort has raised over 4 million dollars. A simple $10 donation pays for an insecticide-treated bed net, distributes it to a family in need in Africa, and provides education on its proper use to prevent malaria. Join the campaign by donating through the Atlanta Dream Netraiser team.