MYSTICS CELEBRATE 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Team to Commemorate Milestone with Fan Initiatives Throughout 2012 Campaign

Washington, D.C. –The Washington Mystics will commemorate their upcoming 15th anniversary season by unveiling a series of fan initiatives throughout the year.

The metropolitan area’s most successful female sports team was introduced to the Washington D.C. sport landscape in 1997 before tipping off their inaugural season on June 19, 1998, against the Utah Starzz. Washington is one of three WNBA franchises to have hosted multiple All-Star games (2002, 2007).

“We look forward to celebrating the Washington Mystics’ 15th anniversary with our partners and our fans,” said Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb. “We are proud to share this milestone in the same year that we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Two important milestones that we will commemorate this summer, along with joining the Girls Scouts in recognition of their centennial.”

The highlight of the 15th anniversary season will be a digital campaign that will allow fans to vote for the All-Time Mystics Team. Online voting will start on May 19 and the all-time team will be unveiled individually during the Olympic break (Jul. 14-Aug. 12) . The entire team will be honored on August 19, which will mark the Mystics’ first home game following the Olympic break. Candidates for the All-time Mystics team include Chamique Holdsclaw, Murriel Page, Coco Miller, Nikki McCray and Crystal Langhorne to name a few.

In addition, at every home game this season, a lucky fan will have a chance to win $15,000 by participating in the 15k for 15 years Shootout while Founding Fans (who have been season ticket holders since the inception of the franchise) will be recognized for their support of the team with a reception prior to the season opener.

The team will also join the Girl Scouts in celebrating their 100th anniversary with a game on June 8 dedicated to the organization. The next day, over two hundred thousands Girl Scouts are expected on the National Mall for the world’s largest sing-along.

The Mystics will also continue to support their longstanding community initiatives such as the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Diaper Drive on September 7, benefiting the March of Dimes and the Breast Health Awareness Game on September 16 presented by Inova.

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.