WNBA and Connecticut Sun Host Fan Festivities at WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun



NEW YORK, JUNE 28, 2010 – Celebrating the best female basketball talent in the world, the WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun will be televised by ESPN at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and the coverage will be presented by adidas.

In addition to the on-the-court excitement, the weekend will highlight the league’s commitment to its fans and community outreach. The following is a complete listing of the festivities:

Thursday, July 8
USA Basketball Practice -- USA Basketball will hold media availability at Connecticut College from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. E.T.

Location:
Connecticut College
New London, CT 06320
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. E.T. (Media Availability)


Media should contact cwilliams@usabasketball for credentials and to schedule interviews.

Friday, July 9
WNBA FIT CELEBRATION – Through interactive activities and positive messaging, the league will host a special WNBA FIT clinic on center court at the Mohegan Sun Arena promoting fitness, health and self-confidence among young girls and boys from the local area. WNBA and USA Basketball players will be onsite to lead the kids in special fitness stations and fun basketball skill elements including conditioning, dribbling, passing, and shooting activities.

Location:
Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. E.T.


WNBA and USA Basketball Open Practice – Open practices will be held on Friday, July 9 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The USA National Team will be the first on court at 2:45 p.m. E.T., followed by the WNBA team at 4:00 p.m. E.T. Media availability will take place between practices, beginning at 3:30 p.m. E.T. All fans are welcome to attend these practices free of charge.

Location:
Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
2:45 – 5:00 p.m. E.T.


Media should contact stager@nba.com for credentials and to schedule interviews.

Saturday, July 10.
WNBA Skills Competition and Three-Point Challenge -- Beginning at 2 p.m. E.T., this event will showcase two competitions: The WNBA Skills Competition and the WNBA three-point challenge. Six sharpshooters will compete in the two-round competition and the top three finishers from the first round will advance to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line with five balls total: four WNBA balls, each worth one point, and one money ball worth two points. The league will announce all participants at a later date. The competitions, which begin at 2 p.m. E.T. and serve as a prelude to the Stars at the Sun, are included in the price of admission to the game.

Location:
Mohegan Sun Arena
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
2:00 – 2:55 p.m. E.T. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m. ET.)

*This event is open to all fans with WNBA vs. Basketball: The Stars at the Sun tickets and to credentialed media only.
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