Williams Receives Second Offseason Community Assist Award

May 26, 2004 Lynx forward Tamika Williams is the recipient of the WNBA Offseason Community Assist Award for the second straight year. Williams, who spent her offseason in Columbus, Ohio as an assistant basketball coach, worked closely with the schools and children in her community and participated in several local and national WNBA Read to Achieve events.

"It is a tremendous honor to win this award two years in a row," said Williams. "I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help and get involved with my community. I love working with children and while it is nice to gain recognition for my community involvement, my main focus has always been helping the kids to grow and achieve all of their goals and dreams."

Williams joins Andrea Stinson, Charlotte Sting; Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun; Barb Farris, Detroit Shock; Cynthia Cooper; Houston Comets; Niele Ivey, Indiana Fever; Nikki Teasley, Los Angeles Sparks; Becky Hammon, New York Liberty; Kayte Christensen, Phoenix Mercury; DeMaya Walker, Sacramento Monarchs; Adrienne Goodson, San Antonio Silver Stars; Adia Barnes, Seattle Storm, and Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics as players recognized by the WNBA for their offseason community outreach. As a result of their efforts, the WNBA will donate $500 in the name of each offseason award winner to the charity of her choice.

During the regular season, the WNBA Community Assist Award is given out monthly by the league to recognize players for their charitable efforts. Each month all 13 WNBA teams are able to nominate a player for the award, which honors the player who best reflects the league's passion for making a difference in their communities.

Through programs such as WNBA Breast Health Awareness, WNBA Mind. Body. Spirit, and WNBA Read to Achieve, the WNBA has helped to create a more comprehensive awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, good nutrition, regular exercise, and a positive self-image, and has worked to bring the joy of reading to millions of children across the country.

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