Mystics And Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield Continue Partnership For Fourth Year

CareFirst Will Donate $100 for Every Made Mystics Three-Pointer

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Washington Mystics and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announce a continued partnership of the “Community 3’s” initiative for the fourth consecutive year. As the sponsor of the Community 3’s initiative, CareFirst will donate $100 to the March of Dimes for every three-pointer made by a Mystics player this season. The organizations will also join forces for the third annual diaper drive to be held September 7 when the Mystics host the Los Angeles Sparks. The collected diapers will benefit the March of Dimes’ Mama and Baby Bus. The Mama and Baby Bus is the first and only prenatal/dental mobile unit in Washington, D.C., providing free prenatal and dental care to pregnant women in city wards 1, 2, 4 and 5. The mobile unit parks at six different locations every week.

“We are delighted to once again partner with CareFirst,” said Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb. “Through the generosity of our partners, fans and staff, the Mystics have donated over 45,000 diapers to Mama and Baby Bus during the past two seasons, and we look forward to significantly adding to that total this year. In addition, we are excited our players will once again not only make 3-pointers to help us win games, but to also make a difference in the District through the Community 3’s campaign.”

During the 2011 season, the Mystics connected on 171 three-pointers and CareFirst donated $17,100 to the Mama and Baby Bus as a part of the Community 3’s initiative.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Washington Mystics for another season of the Community 3’s program,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “This partnership supports a critical need in the community, and efforts such as this have helped to reduce infant mortality rates in the District to a historic low of 8 percent.”

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2012 season at home Saturday, May 19, against the Chicago Sky. Season tickets for the 2012 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics website at www.washingtonmystics.com.

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 that, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to about 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit www.carefirst.com.

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.