Dream to Participate in After School Sports and Nutrition Program
The program, which is also being sponsored by the Atlanta Police Athletic League and the Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition, is designed to encourage children to make smart, healthy decisions, to do well in school and to set goals beyond the environment in which they currently live.
In recognition of September being Hunger Action Month nationally, during one portion of the event the kids will not only be provided with a healthy meal, but they will also be taught how to make the meal at home. The aim is to help curtail the fact that one in every 3.5 children in Georgia lives in a food insecure household, which is worse than the national average of one in five.
Also at the event, children will participate in a circuit of sports performance drills from sports such as basketball and football. In addition to Dream players, other Atlanta-area athletes will be on hand to assist with both portions of the program as well.
“This is a great example of a WNBA Cares initiative,” said Dream center Ruth Riley. “This program demonstrates that the Atlanta Dream and its players are not only passionate about being successful on the court, making the playoffs and competing for a championship, but we are equally passionate about utilizing the platform we have as professional athletes to empower the youth in our community, teach them positive life lessons and encourage them to achieve their dreams.”
The Atlanta Police Athletic League is a juvenile crime prevention force that is dedicated to providing educational and athletic activities for all children 8 to 18 years old. The PAL primarily service high-risk neighborhoods and engage the youth in constructive activities. The PAL surrounds the youth by the positive influences of responsible adults and police officers who volunteer their time as positive role models.
Since the inception of GPAN in 1997, the mission has been to improve the health of all Georgians by combating overweight, obesity, physical inactivity, and chronic disease. GPAN, a 501(c)3 organization, is a collaboration of diverse professionals and students. Members encompass individuals, public and private businesses, and non-profit organiza-tions in the industries of healthcare, nutrition, recreation, education, business, and government.
The two-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its sixth season at Philips Arena as part of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, including back-to-back conference titles in 2010 and 2011. Tickets for the 2013 WNBA Playoffs can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net.