Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield & Mystics Hold Annual Diaper Drive

Washington, D.C. - The Washington Mystics and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) will hold their annual diaper drive to benefit the March of Dimes Mama & Baby Bus on Friday, Sept. 7 prior to the 7 p.m. game between the Mystics and the Los Angeles Sparks.

The March of Dimes Mama & Baby Bus is the first and only prenatal/dental mobile unit in the city, providing free prenatal and dental care to pregnant women in wards 1, 2, 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C. In the past two years, over 40,000 diapers were collected by Mystics fans for the March of Dimes Mama & Baby Bus. The 30-foot vehicle is staffed by health care professionals and educators who ride the bus to underserved areas of the city.

“We are excited to partner with CareFirst BlueCross and BlueShield and the March of Dimes again this season to deliver diapers to moms and babies in need in the District of Columbia,” Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb stated. “The Mystics and Monumental Sports & Entertainment recognize the importance of this drive and we look forward to achieving our goal of 25,000 diapers collected this year.”

“We again look forward to supporting the Mystics’ efforts to help mothers and babies and raise awareness to this basic yet underserved need in their community,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst’s senior vice president of public policy and community affairs. “And through our commitment to the March of Dimes and Mama & Baby Bus, we will continue to promote the health and well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable residents of the District.”

About CareFirst

In its 75th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2011, CareFirst contributed $51 million to community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at www.carefirst.com or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

About the Washington Mystics

Celebrating their 15th season, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.