Dream to Continue Heritage Fridays Series July 25 with French Night
French Night will be in recognition of Dream guard Céline Dumerc – the captain of the French National Team who is in her first season in the WNBA after a distinguished career in Europe. She led France to the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics while leading the team in scoring, and the gold at the 2009 European Championships. In 2012 following her heroics at the Olympics, she was named France’s Sportsman of the Year by Radio France, becoming the first female to ever receive the award.
Like each Heritage Fridays game, French Night will include entertainment and interactive elements that are specific to the culture being recognized during that game. In addition, the first 2,000 fans will receive Heritage Series collectors wristbands in France’s national colors branded with logos and flags representing both the Dream and France.
The Dream’s first two Heritage Fridays games were Native American Night on May 30 and Brazilian Night on June 13, and the team will also hold Caribbean Night on Aug. 15 vs. Tulsa at 7:30 p.m.
Native American Night was held in honor of rookie guard Shoni Schimmel, who grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. Centers Erika de Souza and Nadia Colhado, who played on Brazil’s Olympic team in 2012, were the focal point of Brazilian Night, and Caribbean Night will celebrate forward/center Aneika Henry and forward Sancho Lyttle, who were born in Jamaica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, respectively.
The Dream has one of the most culturally diverse team in the WNBA, as six of the league’s 18 foreign-born players are on Atlanta’s roster. In addition to those already listed, guard Matee Ajavon is a native of Liberia, and the team began the season with rookie guard Inga Orekhova, who was born in the Ukraine and raised in Austria.
The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its seventh season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Friday, July 25, against the Chicago Sky at 7:30 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.