WNBA BE SMART-BE FIT-BE YOURSELF CLINIC HEADS LEAGUE ACTIVITIES AT NBA ALL-STAR 2006
WNBA 10th Anniversary Celebrations Include Major Houston Community Events
WNBA Players Participate in Key NBA and Celebrity Events Throughout NBA All-Star
Feb. 13, 2006, New York -- The WNBA and its players will celebrate their historic 10th Anniversary in Houston by giving back to the fans and community throughout NBA All-Star Week. The festivities tip-off with a WNBA 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fitness Event at the Denver Harbor Community Center in Houston on Wednesday, February, 15th at 3:30pm ET.
WNBA President Donna Orender and top WNBA players, including Houston Comets forward and Olympic gold medalist Tina Thompson, Houston Comets center Sancho Lyttle, Indiana Fever forward and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, WNBA legend and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Weatherspoon and WNBA legend and fitness expert Jennifer Azzi will host a WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic for girls, ages 8-12, in the Houston area. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with legendary women's basketball stars, while learning basketball skills and techniques, and proper fitness and nutritional tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. The clinic will culminate with a party celebrating the WNBA's 10th Anniversary season, featuring performances by the Houston Comets Dance Squad, Team NRG and Comets Mascot, Haley.
Prior to the event, the WNBA players will first pay tribute to the late Kim Perrot by visiting with patients at Kim's Place at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Kim's Place was established in 2002 in honor of the late Comets starting point guard who led her team to the 1997 and 1998 WNBA Championships. Perrot's drive on the court and commitment to her community inspired Houston to rally behind her as she later faced a devastating illness. Kim lost her battle to lung and brain cancer on August 19, 1999 at the age of 32.
In addition, WNBA players will participate in numerous community events throughout the week, and will also be featured in key festivities during NBA All-Star Weekend.
On Friday, February, 17th, Detroit Shock Forward Swin Cash and New York Liberty Guard Becky Hammon will take on celebrities including Ice Cube, Nelly, Queen Latifah and Eva Longoria in the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports. As part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL, Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes, Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, Phoenix Mercury guard Kelly Miller and San Antonio Silver Stars guard Kendra Wecker will team up with NBA players and NBA legends in the RadioShack Shooting Stars contest.
Fans can also catch WNBA players at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia which runs from February, 16-20 and features autograph sessions, Read to Achieve reading sessions and a sneak peak of the 2006 WNBA Be Fit Tour, which officially launches this summer.
The following is a complete listing of WNBA activities at NBA All-Star 2006.
Feb. 13 - NBA Cares Read to Achieve Reading Caravan - San Antonio Silver Stars guard Nikki McCray, Minnesota Lynx forward Kristen Mann and Houston Comets center Sancho Lyttle will join NBA Legends and other VIP's to promote the importance of reading with visits to Ketelsen Elementary School, Alcott Elementary School and Carrillo Elementary School.
Feb. 14 - Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Clinics; Court Unveiling - The 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 Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Marian Community Center and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. At each site, NBA and WNBA players will reinforce the importance of basketball fundamentals and good sportsmanship through the new Pledge To Be a S.T.A.R program. In addition to the clinics, a court refurbished by the NBA and Nike will be dedicated at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, located at 2600 Aldine Westfield.
Feb. 15 - Visit to Kim's Place - Houston Comets legend Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson will be joined by Sancho Lyttle, Tamika Catchings and Teresa Weatherspoon to visit patients at Kim's Place at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - named in honor of the late Comets' Kim Perrot. Perrot helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August, 1999, after a seven-month battle with cancer.
Feb. 15 - WNBA 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fitness Event - WNBA President Donna Orender, Houston Comets forward Tina Thompson, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, Sacramento Monarchs guard Kristin Haynie, Sancho Lyttle, Nikki McCray, Teresa Weatherspoon and Jennifer Azzi will host a fitness day at the Denver Harbor Community Center. The event will consist of activities designed to teach young children basic fitness tips and understand their nutritional needs to get fit and stay healthy. Event will take place at the Denver Harbor Community Center at 6402 Market Street at 4pm.
Feb. 16 - NBA Cares Hospital Visit - Seattle Storm guard Betty Lennox, Detroit Shock center Ruth Riley, Tina Thompson, Tamika Catchings, Kristin Haynie, NBA players, celebrities, authors, local government officials and NBA Family Members, will visit with children at the Memorial Hermann Hospital distributing gifts and reading to kids at 1pm.
Feb. 16 - National Wheelchair Basketball Association All-Star Game -The top wheelchair basketball players in the world meet in the eighth NWBA All-Star Classic on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session, which is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. WNBA players Nikki McCray and Kristin Haynie will join the classic as honorary coaches.
Feb. 17 - Read to Achieve Reading Rally presented by Toyota - More than 1,700 local school children will join San Antonio Silver Stars guard Kendra Wecker, Kristin Haynie, Phoenix Mercury Guard Niele Ivey, Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith, NBA players, legends and celebrities for a fun filled educational experience that will celebrate the students' participation in the Houston Rockets Read to Achieve program. The Reading Rally will take place at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia.
Feb. 17 - Technology Summit - WNBA President Donna Orender and Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash will participate in a panel discussion at the NBA All-Star 2006 Technology Summit. The summit will take place at the Houstonian from 8:30am - 1:30pm.
Feb. 17 - McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports- New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon and Swin Cash will team up with celebrities including Ice Cube, Nelly, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria, among others. The game will take place at 6pm at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia.
Feb. 18 - NBA Cares Learn and Play Center- WNBA players will be on hand as the NBA and Houston Rockets, with the help of partners Toyota and Scholastic, dedicate a new NBA Cares Learn and Play Center at McDade Elementary School at 2pm. The annual All-Star Legacy Project includes extensive renovations to improve the school's library and athletic facilities. In addition to a new technology lab in the Reading and Learning Center, the Learn and Play Center will provide thousands of donated books, resource guides and materials to the hundreds of children who attend the school.
Feb. 18 - RadioShack Shooting Stars - As part of All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL, Phoenix's Kelly Miller, Shawn Marion and Dan Marjerle; San Antonio's Kendra Wecker, Tony Parker and Steve Kerr; Los Angeles' Lisa Leslie, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant; and Houston's Sheryl Swoopes, Tracy McGrady and Clyde Drexler will compete in the RadioShack Shooting Stars challenge.
Feb. 18 - Houston Comets Tribute at All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL - The WNBA's first dynasty, the Houston Comets, who won four consecutive WNBA Championships from 1997-2000, will be recognized during NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by AOL. Head Coach Van Chancellor along with basketball greats and local fan-favorites Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson will be representing the Comets during a on-court presentation.
Feb. 19 - Habitat for Humanity Build - In recognition of the damage caused by the recent hurricanes, the NBA, NBPA, and TNT will be working with Habitat for Humanity to construct two houses, one of which will be built for a local family and another to be shipped to the Gulf Region. The work on the houses will take place outside of NBA All-Star Jam Session held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Both builds will be conducted throughout the week by volunteers and current and former NBA and WNBA players and celebrity fans. WNBA players Becky Hammon and Tamika Catchings will help finish the build prior to the 55th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
Feb. 19 - WNBA Tribute at 55th NBA All-Star Game - The NBA will pay a special in-game tribute to the WNBA in honor of the latter's 10th Anniversary season and its position as the longest-running and most successful women's professional sports league in history. The NBA will recognize the WNBA's role as a source of inspiration to people of all ages and, in particular to women and young girls.
The WNBA's 10th anniversary season tips off
on Saturday, May 20, 2006 and will include ABC's national telecast from Sacramento
where the defending WNBA Champion Monarchs will commemorate their 2005 WNBA title
by raising their championship banner. The Monarchs will then square off against
All-Star guard Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury at ARCO Arena beginning at
4 p.m. EDT. Opening day also includes the inaugural game of the league's 14th
franchise, the Chicago Sky, as it visits the Charlotte Sting.