In Celebration of League’s 10th Anniversary, WNBA Opens Major Events for Fans Free of Charge

WNBA All-Stars Take New York City By Storm During 2006 WNBA All-Star Week

 

In Celebration of League’s 10th Anniversary, WNBA Opens Major Events for Fans Free of Charge Including All-Star Practice, Skills Challenge and Three-Point Shootout Contests and Basketball Fanfest WNBA Summer Jam

WNBA Cares to Unveil New Reading and Learning Facility to Aid Hundreds of Inner-City Kids in Lower Manhattan

Other Special Events to Showcase Players’ On and Off- Court Achievements

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2006) -- Featuring the best women basketball players in the world’s premier women’s sports league, the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 12 and will be nationally televised on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET.

In addition to the on-the-court excitement, 2006 WNBA All-Star will highlight the league’s commitment to its fans and community outreach. Each year the league, its players and its teams donate thousands of hours to charities and communities across the country. The WNBA All-Stars will be extremely visible in New York during the All-Star break as the league will host a number of community activities. Foremost among those will be the 2006 WNBA All-Star Summer Jam, the league’s free interactive basketball festival, and the WNBA All-Star Legacy project, which serves as the centerpiece of the WNBA’s community outreach efforts in the All-Star host city and leaves a lasting and positive impression for the community.

The following is a complete listing of the 2006 WNBA All-Star activities:


Saturday-Sunday, July 8 & 9

WNBA Be Fit Tour

The traveling mobile fitness expo, a leading component of the WNBA’s national Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself initiative, is the League’s premiere interactive touring program. Through interactive events and positive messaging, the WNBA Be Fit Tour promotes fitness, health and self-confidence among girls and women, and features exercise classes, healthy cooking demonstrations and free basketball activities. As a proud partner of the WNBA Be Fit Tour, Ocean Spray Craisins will conduct product sampling and offer health and fitness lifestyle messaging within a branded tent area. WNBA players will be onsite to meet and greet fans throughout the day. This event is open to the media and public.

Location: South Street Seaport
Admission: Free
**Open to media and public**


Monday, July 10

WNBA Cares Learn and Play Center Dedication

The WNBA will unveil a brand new WNBA Cares “Learn and Play” Center at the “Life Shelter” facility. The renovation project includes extensive refurbishment of the facility and the donation of books, furniture, TV's, DVD players, computers and additional reading materials. This project is sponsored by WNBA Cares and Toyota. The shelter houses homeless families from the NYC area including hundreds of children ages 5-13. WNBA All-Stars, basketball legends, executives and local personalities will be on-hand to unveil the new center that will bring a lasting hope to hundreds of children in the local area.

Location: Life Shelter
78 Catherine Street, NYC
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
**Open to media and invited guests only**


Tuesday, July 11

WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills Challenge and Three- Point Shootout

The WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills Challenge and Three-Point Shootout are exciting, fast-paced basketball competitions which will include select WNBA players. The WNBA Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills Challenge is a fast-paced event featuring four players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course,” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. The two players with the fastest times from the first round advance to a final head to head competition to determine the champion.

This will be the debut year for the WNBA Three-Point Shootout. Players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations are set up around the three-point line, with four WNBA balls each worth one point and one "money ball" worth two points at each location. The event will air live on NBA TV and participants will be announced at a later date. These events are open to the public free of charge.

Location: Madison Square Garden
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Admission: Free
**Open to media and public**

2006 WNBA All-Star Open Practices

WNBA fans, including thousands of young people from community groups throughout the New York area, will watch their favorite WNBA stars practice for the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game.

West Open Practice:
East/West Media Availability
East Open Practice:
2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
3:30-4:00 p.m. ET
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden
2:30-5:00 p.m. ET.
Admission: Free
**Open to media and public**


Wednesday, July 12

2006 WNBA Summer Jam

The WNBA will take over 33rd Street in New York City for the 2006 WNBA All-Star Summer Jam on Wednesday, July 12, in conjunction with the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game. The WNBA’s premier fan event will feature FREE interactive basketball games, shooting contests, as well as WNBA player autographs sessions. All-Star Summer Jam will also give fans the opportunity to meet some of their favorite WNBA players and coaches.

The WNBA Be Fit Tour will also visit Summer Jam. The tour features exercise classes, interactive basketball games, trivia contests and appearances by top WNBA players. Summer Jam is open to the public free of charge.

Location: 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenues
11:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m. ET
Admission: Free

**Open to media and public**

All-Star Salute: Celebrating Inspiration Lunch

The WNBA will host a special event for inspirational women in sports, business, marketing, entertainment and television who have led the way for women in their own fields. The WNBA will also be presenting the inaugural WNBA Inspiration Award to an individual who is a role model to all who aspire to make a difference at work, at home and in the communities in which they live. Former United States Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright will serve as the Keynote Speaker.

Location: Hilton New York – Mercury Ballroom
1335 Avenue of the Americas
12:00-2:00 p.m. ET

** Open to invited media and invited guests**

East and West All-Star Media Availability

Location: Madison Square Garden – Locker Rooms
6:00-6:30 p.m. ET

** Open to credentialed media only **

WNBA President Donna Orender Media Availability

Location: Madison Square Garden—Press Conference Room in Expo Center (Court/Locker room level)
6:30-7:00 p.m. ET

** Open to credentialed media only **

Fans interested in attending the game, may still purchase tickets. With tickets starting at $10, fans can enjoy the unique experience of seeing the WNBA’s superstars together in the league’s special event in The World’s Most Famous Arena. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster Retail Locations, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-WNBA-TIX. Tickets are also available for purchase at Madison Square Garden’s Box Office, through WNBA.com and at the NBA Store in New York.