Atlanta Dream to Continue Heritage Fridays Series June 13 With Brazilian Night
Brazilian Night will be in recognition of the Dream’s two Brazilian players - centers Erika de Souza and Nadia Colhado, who were teammates on Brazil’s 2012 Olympic team. De Souza is a two-time All-Star and the lone Dream player who has been on the roster since the team’s first season in 2008, while Colhado is in her rookie season with Atlanta.
Each game during Heritage Fridays will include entertainment and interactive elements that are specific to the culture being recognized during that game. The first 2,000 fans will receive Heritage Series collectors wristbands in Brazil’s national colors branded with logos and flags representing both the Dream and Brazil. In addition, Brazilian Night will include a Batacuda (percussions) performance and family-friendly Samba dancers on the concourse, as well as a Capoeira (Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music) performance during the game.
The Dream’s first Heritage Fridays game was Native American Night which was held May 30 vs. Seattle, and the team will also hold French Night on July 25 vs. Chicago and Caribbean Night on Aug. 15 vs. Tulsa. All games tip off 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. Point guard Céline Dumerc - the captain of the French National Team - will be the focal point of French 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 are now available and can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, against the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found atwww.wnba.com/dream/schedule.