Tulsa Shock Receives WNBA Cares Community Assist Award Presented by State Farm

NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 – As its community continues to recover and heal, the Tulsa Shock organization was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for its contributions during the month of May to the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.

The entire Shock family joined together to support families devastated by the tornadoes in Moore and Shawnee, Okla. Epitomizing the strength and resiliency of Oklahomans, the organization and its fans donated food to the Salvation Army, contributed funds from a special game day auction, and provided essential supplies to the American Red Cross to help victims and their families.

“We are proud to receive this award, and gratefully share it with our fans and the Oklahoma community, who stepped up in such a critical time of need,” said Shock President Steve Swetoha. “As a team we are determined to continue to make a profound difference in bettering our community – leading with our hearts as much as our basketball when our fellow citizens need it most.”

The Shock’s relief efforts didn’t end in May. The team joined with the Oklahoma Blood Institute and will host an upcoming blood drive on June 15, while also organizing a free youth basketball event in the Oklahoma City area to help bring smiles and hope to youngsters still reeling from the disaster.

In recognition of the Shock’s charitable efforts, the WNBA is also donating $5,000 to American Red Cross Tornado Relief on the team’s behalf.

The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the players that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. The Shock is the first organization to be honored with the monthly award. Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.

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