Williams Receives WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award
Shock forward Swin Cash, Lynx forward Tamika Williams and NBDL Mobile Revelers head coach Sam Vincent read aloud during the NBA/WNBA National Book Festival and Read to Achieve event at the White House in October.
June 17, 2003 Lynx forward Tamika Williams is the team's recipient of the WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award. Williams received the award prior to the Lynx' game against the Houston Comets at Target Center.
Among the highlights for Williams in the offseason were taking part in the WNBA's national Read to Achieve campaign as well as participating in the National Book Festival with First Lady Laura Bush. In addition, Williams, who spent the offseason in Columbus, Ohio as a graduate assistant coach with Ohio State University, has been involved in events with the Girl Scouts, Girls, Inc. and the YWCA. She also worked with Blairwood Elementary School, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Westwood Recreation and the Bomberger Teen Center. During the 2002 campaign with the Lynx, Williams participated in several WNBA Reading Time Outs in Twin Cities schools and worked with children's groups such as the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and Sharing and Caring Hands.
"I'm honored to have received the WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award," said Williams. "It's important for WNBA players to give back to their community and serve as role models for youth."
Williams joins Andrea Stinson, Charlotte Sting; Helen Darling, Cleveland Rockers; Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun; Elaine Powell, Detroit Shock; Kelley Gibson, Houston Comets; Kelly Schumacher, Indiana Fever; Nikki Teasley, Los Angeles Sparks; Becky Hammon, New York Liberty; Kayte Christensen, Phoenix Mercury; Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento Monarchs; Adrienne Goodson, San Antonio Silver Stars; Amanda Lassiter, Seattle Storm, and Keisha Brown, Washington Mystics as players recognized by the WNBA for their offseason community outreach. The WNBA will donate $500 in the name of each offseason award winner to the charity of her choice.
Throughout the 2003 WNBA season, the league will select one player from across the league for the monthly Community Assist Award and donate $5,000 to the charity of the winner's choice. The WNBA Community Assist Award honors the WNBA player who reflects the passion that the league and its players have for their communities. All 14 WNBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award each month.
The WNBA and its teams and players are committed to programs that improve the quality of life for all people and have created and implemented programs that address important social issues, with a special emphasis on reading and online literacy initiatives for children. The WNBA and its 14 teams make a difference in North America through the WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit. and Read to Achieve programs, donations to charities and the implementation of community outreach initiatives, and through the production and airing of public service announcements.