WNBA Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself Clinic

Leads Activities at 2008 NBA All-Star

Louisiana native Temeka Johnson will be among the WNBA stars taking part in NBA All-Star week in New Orleans.
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NEW YORK AND NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 11, 2008 -- The WNBA and its players will help give back to the New Orleans community throughout NBA All-Star with a week of WNBA Cares activities, including a special visit to the Children's Hospital and a WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic, both set to take place Thursday, Feb. 14.

WNBA stars including Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith and Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes will be joined by NBA Legends at the Children's Hospital on Thursday morning where they will spend time with young patients and distribute gifts.

Later that day, Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash, Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsey Harding, Washington Mystics guard Nikki Teasley, and fitness expert and WNBA Legend Jennifer Azzi will host a clinic at Tulane University. Over 100 young girls from the GirlsFirst & Awesome Girls Mentoring Program will have the opportunity to interact with legendary women's basketball stars while learning basketball skills and techniques, along with proper fitness and nutritional tips for leading a healthy lifestyle.

In addition, WNBA players, including Los Angeles guard and former LSU standout Temeka Johnson and Detroit forward and former Louisiana Tech star Cheryl Ford will participate in numerous other community-related events throughout the week, and other WNBA players will be featured in key festivities during NBA All-Star Weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 15, Cash and San Antonio Silver Stars center Ruth Riley will take on celebrities in the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Also, as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Cash will compete against Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree, Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter and San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon as they team up with NBA Players and NBA Legends in the Haier Shooting Stars contest.

Fans can also catch WNBA players at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas which runs from Feb. 14-17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and features player meet and greets, clinics and autograph sessions.

The following is a complete listing of WNBA activities at NBA All-Star 2008.

Feb. 11 - NBA Cares Reading Rallies - Tamika Catchings, Sidney Spencer (Los Angeles Sparks) and WNBA Legend Lynette Woodard will join NBA Legends and family members in promoting the importance of reading with visits and book donations at three local New Orleans schools: Martin Behrman Charter School, Kate Middleton Elementary School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School.

Feb. 12 - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Clinics - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, presented by Gatorade and Nike, will host hundreds of children from Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA member leagues at a series of skills and fitness clinics at the Boys & Girls Club (West Bank), the Berhman Center and the Treme Center.

Feb. 14 - WNBA Cares Hospital Visit - Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Sheryl Swoopes and Katie Smith, NBA Legends Bob Lanier and Felipe Lopez and Jennifer Azzi will visit the Children's Hospital to distribute gifts and spend time with young patients.

Feb. 14 - Midway Court Dedication - Ruth Riley and Temeka Johnson will join New Orleans Hornets' David West, Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford, Bob Lanier and D-League player Randy Livingston in dedicating a newly refurbished NBA Cares basketball court at Laurel Elementary School. A basketball clinic for 100 students will follow the dedication ceremony.

Feb. 14 - WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself Clinic - Swin Cash, Nikki Teasley, Lindsey Harding, Ruthie Bolton and Jennifer Azzi will host a fitness clinic for 100 young girls from GirlsFirst & Awesome Girls Mentoring Program. Participants will learn basketball skills and tips on leading a healthy lifestyle.

Feb. 15 - NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service - Over 2,500 volunteers, including numerous WNBA players, will participate in service projects through New Orleans including numerous Habitat for Humanity builds.

Feb. 15 - Technology Summit - Swin Cash, Lindsey Harding, Ruth Riley, Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Sheryl Swoopes, Kayte Christensen (Chicago Sky) and Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs) will participate in various panel discussions at the NBA All-Star 2008 Technology Summit.

Feb. 17 - Haier Shooting Stars - As part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Swin Cash, Candice Dupree, Cappie Pondexter and Becky Hammon will team up with NBA Players and NBA Legends in the Haier Shooting Stars contest.

Feb. 17 - Starkey Hearing Foundation - NBA Cares, in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, will distribute state-of-the-art hearing aids to more than 200 children at a reception hosted prior to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Tamika Catchings, Lisa Leslie, Cappie Pondexter, Sheryl Swoopes and Swin Cash will participate in the event.

About the WNBA
Now entering its 12th season, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women's professional team sports league in America. The WNBA features 14 teams with the Eastern and Western Conferences comprised of seven teams each. In 2008, the expansion Atlanta Dream will join the Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Washington Mystics in the Eastern Conference, while the Houston Comets, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Sacramento Monarchs, San Antonio Silver Stars and Seattle Storm continue to comprise the Western Conference.

The 2008 season will tip off on May 17, when Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks take on Diana Taurasi and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury in a nationally televised contest (3:30p.m. on ABC). For the third straight year, ESPN2 will feature "WNBA Tuesdays" as the appointment viewing destination for WNBA fans. ESPN2 will televise "WNBA Tuesdays" for nine weeks during the regular season, beginning with a May 20th telecast featuring a Western Conference match up between the Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm. Combined WNBA coverage on ABC and ESPN2 will include 21 national telecasts in 2008, while NBA TV, the league's 24-hour television network, will offer 70 regular season contests.

Renowned off the court for its dedication to the community, the WNBA is deeply committed to WNBA CARES programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting health and fitness, breast health awareness, reading and youth basketball programs. For more information on the WNBA, log onto www.wnba.com.

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