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WNBA Stars To Participate in NBA All-Star 2012 Events In Orlando, Florida

NEW YORK and ORLANDO, Feb. 22, 2012  The WNBA and its players will continue their long-standing commitment to social responsibility, community service and youth education at NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando. WNBA stars are scheduled to take part in events, Feb. 23-26, highlighted by the Haier Shooting Stars competition as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm.

WNBA participation will tip off on Thursday, Feb. 23 with the NBA FIT All-Star Youth Celebration followed by the NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic, both events taking place on Center Court inside NBA All-Star Jam Session.

WNBA players participating in one or both events include Tamika Catchings and Briann January, of the Indiana Fever; Ruth Riley of the Chicago Sky; Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars; Ashley Robinson of the Washington Mystics; 10-year veteran Marie Ferdinand-Harris; and WNBA Legends Nykesha Sales and Teresa Edwards.

Fans can catch all their favorite WNBA players throughout the week at NBA All-Star Jam Session Feb. 23-26 at the Orange County Convention Center, featuring player meet-and-greets, fitness clinics and autograph sessions. Fans will be able to follow all the action online through editorial, photos and video served up on, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

The following are highlights of activities WNBA players will participate in at NBA All-Star 2012:

Feb. 23  NBA FIT All-Star Youth Celebration  NBA, NBA Developmental and WNBA players, Catchings, Young, January and legends Edwards and Sales, will host more than 500 local youth for an evening of fitness instruction and basketball fun to teach the children the importance of physical activity and healthy living. The NBA FIT All-Star Youth Celebration will take place at Jam Session Center Court.

Later that evening, January, Edwards and Sales will host WNBA clinics that will take place on the WNBA Court at Jam Session.

Feb. 23  NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Stars, NBA players and Legends and current WNBA players, Robinson and Ferdinand-Harris, will host a basketball clinic for local wheelchair-bound youth athletes.

Feb. 24  NBA Cares Hospital Visit  NBA Legends and WNBA players Katie Smith of the Seattle Storm, Sales and January will spend time with pediatric patients and their families at the Florida Hospital for Children located at the Walt Disney Pavilion.

Feb. 24  NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service  15-year veteran Tina Thompson, Kara Lawson of the Connecticut Sun, Sales, January and Robinson will join more than 1,500 members of the NBA family, including All-Stars, Legends, partners and volunteers at three locations throughout Central Florida to create and refurbish eight places to live, learn or play.
LIVE - In partnership with Rebuilding Together Orlando and Kia Motors, NBA Cares will revitalize five homes in the Tangelo Park neighborhood.
LEARN - In partnership with Hands On Orlando, HP and State Farm, NBA Cares will refurbish the interior and exterior of the Coalition for the Homeless, including the creation of a new computer lab, and package food for local families in support of Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry Campaign.
PLAY - In partnership with KaBOOM! and adidas, NBA Cares will build a 5,000 square foot playground for local children from the ground up.

Feb. 24  Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Catchings will team up with celebrities from TV, film, music and other NBA Legends to compete in the 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Feb. 25 NBA All-Star FIT Race, Walk & Dribble  January will represent the WNBA at the event which will feature appearances from NBA Legends, live music, interactive games, refreshments, and more. Fans of all ages are welcome to register.

Feb. 25 NBA FIT/WNBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish presented by Pepperidge Farm Flavor Blasted Goldfish crackers National Finals  Twelve boys and girls from around the country will compete in the national finals of the NBA FIT/WNBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish presented by Pepperidge Farm Flavor Blasted Goldfish crackers.

Feb. 25  Haier Shooting Stars  Team Atlanta will attempt to become the first repeat Haier Shooting Stars champion as it competes against a field that includes squads representing New York, Texas and NBA All-Star 2012 host city Orlando at Amway Center on Feb. 25.

The home team includes the Orlando Magics Jameer Nelson, an All-Star in 2009; Florida native and three-time WNBA All-Star Marie Ferdinand-Harris; and former Magic great Dennis Scott, who spent seven seasons with Orlando after the team made him the fourth overall selection of the 1990 NBA Draft.

Team Atlanta features the Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson, who was named an All-Star for the sixth time this year; Lindsey Harding of the reigning WNBA Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream; and NBA TV analyst Steve Smith, an All-Star selection in 1998 with the Hawks and a member of the 2003 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

Team New York is comprised of the New York Knicks Landry Fields, who will also play for Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend; the New York Libertys Cappie Pondexter, a four-time WNBA All-Star and one of the leagues top scorers; and former Knicks great Allan Houston, who averaged 17.3 points over his 12-year NBA career, and currently works in New Yorks front office as an assistant general manager.

Team Texas is represented by the Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons, an Orlando-area native and second-round pick in 2011, whos worked his way into the Rockets starting lineup as a rookie; the San Antonio Silver Stars Sophia Young, a four-time WNBA All-Star, who averaged 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2011; and TNT analyst Kenny Smith, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets (1994, 1995).

* Dates, times and participants subject to change.

Feb. 26 NBA Cares Special Olympics Unity Sports Basketball Game Twelve Special Olympics All-Star athletes will play in a 40-minute game on Center Court inside NBA All-Star Jam Session. WNBA players Harding, Riley, Ferdinand-Harris and Young will join NBA players as participants in the Game.

Feb. 26 Special Olympics Clinic Along with NBA Cares, Harding and Riley will host 70 local Special Olympic athletes for a basketball clinic.