WNBA Stars to Join NBA All-Star 2010 in Dallas

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NEW YORK and DALLAS, Feb. 9, 2010 -- The WNBA and its players will join the NBA family in celebrating its tradition of commitment to social responsibility at NBA All-Star 2010 in Dallas, Texas, highlighted by the first-ever NBA Fit All-Star Youth Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 11. WNBA stars will participate in over 25 events and will help comprise the largest crowd to ever attend a basketball game in history.

WNBA stars including Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard, New York Liberty forward Shameka Christon, Los Angeles Sparks guards Marie Ferdinand-Harris and Ticha Penicheiro, Connecticut Sun forward Asjha Jones and guard Kara Lawson, and Tulsa Shock guard Scholanda Robinson will participate in the first-ever NBA Fit All-Star Youth Celebration. The WNBA players will be joined by NBA and NBA Development League stars as they host nine simultaneous fitness clinics in Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas for over 1,000 boys and girls.

On Friday Feb. 12, San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, the 2009 adidas WNBA Rookie of the Year, will play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by FINAL FANTASY® XIII.

New York Liberty guard Nicole Powell, Los Angeles Sparks guard Ferdinand-Harris, Hammon and McCoughtry will team with current NBA players and NBA Legends for the 2010 Haier Shooting Stars competition as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

On Thursday morning, WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, the league’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder who retired following the 2009 season, will join Dallas Mavericks player Matt Carroll and NBA legends to host a Vaccine for Teens event in partnership with the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) and sanofi pasteur for students at William James Middle School in Dallas.

In addition, Dallas native and Seattle Storm center Ashley Robinson and WNBA Legend Lynette Woodard will participate in a number of community-related events during the NBA Community Caravan.

Fans can also catch WNBA players at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas which runs from Feb. 11-13 at the Dallas Convention Center, and features player meet and greets, clinics and autograph sessions.

Fans will be able to follow WNBA player appearances throughout the week through editorial, photos and video placed on WNBA.com, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Lawson, McCoughtry, Penicheiro and Robinson will tweet from Dallas with their tweets included in a Tweetmixx Channel located on NBA.com and WNBA.com. Additionally, Robinson will appear at the NBA Jam Session Tweet-Up.

The following is a complete listing of WNBA activities at NBA All-Star 2010.

Feb. 10 and 11 – NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic Basketball Clinic – NBA and WNBA players and Legends will join National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Stars to host a basketball clinic for local wheelchair-bound youth athletes.

Feb. 11 – ‘Vaccines for Teens’ Event – Lisa Leslie will join NBA Legends and Dallas Mavericks player Matt Carroll to host a vaccination awareness event in partnership with Society for Adolescent Medicine for local students at William James Middle School in Dallas.

Feb. 11 – NBA Fit All-Star Youth Celebration – Shameka Christon, Kara Lawson, Ticha Penicheiro, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Asjha Jones, Scholanda Robinson and Alana Beard will join NBA and NBA D-League players to teach over 1,000 youths across North Texas about the importance of physical activity and healthy living.

Feb. 12 – NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by FINAL FANTASY® XIII – Becky Hammon and Angel McCoughtry will compete with celebrities from TV, film and music at Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Feb. 12 – NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service – WNBA players will join over 1,500 NBA family members at three locations across North Texas to create and refurbish eight places to live, learn and play in conjunction with KaBOOM! Build, North Texas Volunteer Center, HP, Rebuilding Together and Timberland.

Feb. 12 – T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam – WNBA players will watch the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge with over 3,500 area kids who complete fitness, nutrition and community service requirements.

Feb. 13 – NBA Fit Area – Ashley Robinson, Asjha Jones, Ticha Penicheiro and Lynette Woodard will greet fans at NBA Fit Area in NBA Jam Session.

Feb. 13 – Haier Shooting Stars – As part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Nicole Powell, Angel McCoughtry, Becky Hammon and Marie Ferdinand-Harris will team up with NBA Players and NBA Legends in the Haier Shooting Stars contest.

About the WNBA
The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Now preparing for its 14th season, the WNBA is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. The 2009 regular season featured increased attendance for the third consecutive year and increased viewership on ESPN2 for the second straight summer. Average viewership on ESPN2 jumped 76 percent from a year ago for the 2009 WNBA Finals presented by adidas. The five-game series also featured three sellouts plus the highest total attendance figure (82,018) in WNBA Finals history.

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

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