WNBA Players in the Community at NBA All-Star

Feb. 12, 2007, NEW YORK — The WNBA and its players will help give back to fans and the Las Vegas community throughout NBA All-Star with week-long WNBA Cares activities. The festivities are set to tip off with a WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic at the Desert Breeze Community Center on Wednesday, February 14 at 4 p.m. PST.

WNBA players including Houston Comets forward and Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes, Detroit Shock center and Olympic gold medalist Ruth Riley, Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales, Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree and Minnesota Lynx guard Shona Thorburn and WNBA legend and fitness expert Jennifer Azzi will host a WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself fitness clinic for girls grades 6-8 in the Las Vegas 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.

Prior to the event, the WNBA players will join NBA legends in building a Habitat for Humanity house to be presented to a local Las Vegas family, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In addition, WNBA players will participate in numerous other community-related events throughout the week, and will also be featured in key festivities during NBA All-Star Weekend.

On Friday, February 16, Detroit Shock guard Katie Smith and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings will take on celebrities including Jamie Foxx, David Arquette, Taye Diggs, Nelly and Reggie Bush in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports. As part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by EA Sports, Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash, Los Angeles Sparks guard Temeka Johnson, Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree and San Antonio Silver Stars guard defending champion Kendra Wecker will 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 February 15-19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino South Convention Center, features autograph sessions, Read to Achieve reading sessions and a sneak peek of the 2007 WNBA Be Tour: Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself, which officially launches this summer.

The following is a complete listing of WNBA activities at NBA All-Star 2007:

Feb. 12 – NBA Cares Reading Rallies presented by Pitney Bowes: Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes, Minnesota Lynx guard Shona Thorburn, Connecticut Sun forward Nykesha Sales and Chicago Sky forward Candice Dupree along with NBA Legends, NBA family members and Bearemy® the Build-A-Bear Workshop® mascot, will be promoting the importance of reading with visits and book donations by Pitney Bowes to the Robert Lake, Laura Dearing and William E. Ferron Elementary Schools. At Ferron Elementary, which serves local visually impaired students, the NBA and the National Braille Press will be providing Braille books for the students.

Feb. 13 – 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 Nellis Air Force Base Boys & Girls Club and Mirabelli Recreation Center.

Feb. 14 – Habitat for Humanity House: Detroit Shock center Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Shona Thorburn, Nykesha Sales and Candice Dupree will participate in a Habitat for Humanity build to construct a house for a local Las Vegas family.

Feb. 14 – WNBA Be Smart - Be Fit - Be Yourself: Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Shona Thorburn, Nykesha Sales and Candice Dupree will host 60 Las Vegas children at Clark County/Desert Breeze Community Center for an event highlighting the WNBA and its Be Smart-Be Fit-Be Yourself program which encourages teens and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness and self-esteem.

Feb. 15 – NBA Cares Hospital Visit: Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, Sacramento Monarchs guard Kara Lawson and Ruth Riley will join NBA legends to visit with children at Sunrise Children's Hospital distributing gifts, including Build-A-Bear Workshop Teddy Bears.

Feb. 15 – Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Nike Court Refurbishment: Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie and Houston Comets center Tina Thompson will be on hand as the NBA and Nike unveil a newly refurbished basketball court at Lied Memorial Boys & Girls Club and host a series of basketball clinics for more than 350 local youth.

Feb. 15 – The Love of Sport – Presented by Nike and Foot Locker: WNBA President Donna Orender will join Tamika Catchings and other panelists in a symposium for local high school students about how to transform your passion for sport into a career in the sports industry.

Feb. 15 – NBA STREET Homecourt Launch Party: Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird will go head-to-head with NBA stars and compete to be crowned champion of NBA STREET Homecourt in a winner-takes-all videogame tournament.

Feb. 16 – Technology Summit: WNBA players will participate in various panel discussions at the NBA All-Star 2007 Technology Summit taking place at the Bellagio Hotel from 8:30-1:30 pm PST.

Feb. 16 – McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports: Detroit Shock’s Katie Smith and Tamika Catchings will take on celebrities including Jamie Foxx, David Arquette, Taye Diggs, Nelly and Reggie Bush, among others, in the McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports. The game will take place at 4 p.m. PST at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

Feb. 17 – NBA Cares Learn & Play Center Legacy Project Dedication: WNBA players will be on hand as the NBA, and Toyota will unveil a new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School. The project will include extensive refurbishment of the school’s library and technology center and the donation of computers by Lenovo as well as books from Scholastic, furniture, reading materials from Encyclopedia Britannica, and the creation of indoor and outdoor places for kids to play.

Feb. 17 – WNBA Athletes Take the Court at Niketown Las Vegas: Kara Lawson, Lisa Leslie, Ruth Riley and Sheryl Swoopes will participate in a question & answer program at Niketown Las Vegas.

Feb. 17 – Haier Shooting Stars: As part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by EA Sports, San Antonio’s Kendra Wecker, Tony Parker and George Gervin; Chicago’s Candice Dupree, Ben Gordon and Scottie Pippen; Los Angeles’ Temeka Johnson, Lamar Odom and Michael Cooper; and Detroit’s Swin Cash, Chauncey Billups and Bill Laimbeer, will compete in the Haier Shooting Stars challenge.

Feb. 18 – Habitat for Humanity House:WNBA players will join members of the NBA Family in helping local volunteers construct a home that will be shipped to a family in the Gulf Coast. The project is a part of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International, the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and TNT, that has set a commitment to build 10 homes throughout the 2006-07 season.

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