Only 4 Home Games Left As the Chicago Sky Push Towards the Playoffs!

Push for the Playoffs

The Sky (12-14) won four of the last five games and is currently in the fourth and final playoff spot in the WNBA's Eastern Conference, one game ahead of New York (10-14) and Washington (10-14) and two games behind third place Connecticut (14-12)! We've got eight games left, all but one against Eastern Conference teams, so we need your support!

We face Connecticut in an important road game today at 6 p.m. CDT. The Sky is 1-1 against Connecticut this season, with a 102-97 overtime loss on May 31 and an 87-74 win on June 17. Listen to the game on WVON 1690AM, or streaming at wnba.com.

On Friday, August 3, the Sky meets Eastern Conference-leading Detroit for the fourth time this season, at the UIC Pavilion. We defeated the Shock last Thursday, 83-73. Wouldn't you love to see that kind of victory in person? Come to the Pavilion on Friday and cheer the team on.

On Sunday, August 5, we meet the Mystics at Washington. This game is key to holding on to that fourth playoff spot. The Sky is 1-2 against the Mystics this season. Listen to the game on WVON 1690AM, or streaming at wnba.com.

We're back home on Tuesday, August 7, hosting the struggling Indiana Fever, who are playing without All-Star Tamika Catchings. Come to the UIC Pavilion for a 7 p.m. tip-off... we need to fill the place!

With the Sky in serious playoff contention, we are thrilled to offer you 2007 playoff tickets! This is one of your important SkyRider benefits: the first right to secure your seats for the playoffs. This is how our "Pay as We Play" Playoff Plan works: you reserve your seats for the playoffs and we only charge your credit card for any home playoff games we play (ticket prices are the same for the playoffs). We need to reserve your seats by August 11 before playoff tickets go on sale to the general public on August 13. To reserve your seats, please click here, complete the form and fax it back to the Sky. Or, you can call or email your Account Executive. We will place your purchased tickets in your MySky Account. All you need to do is forward your tickets to yourself via email, print them and bring them to the arena. If you need another method of ticket distribution, please call your AE. Please click here for the playoff schedule. We will not know if we play on August 23 or 24 until the conclusion of the regular season schedule on August 19.

(If you already confirmed playoff tickets at the July 22 post-game party, you don't need to do this)

Today Is Your Last Chance to Enter to Win a shot at $1,000,000!

Ocean Spray has teamed up the WNBA and Chicago Sky to give you a shot at $1,000,000! Two contestants will be randomly chosen to attend the Ocean Spray sponsored game on Saturday, August 11, when the Sky takes on Connecticut at 7 p.m. The two contestants will participate in an on-court shoot-out during halftime with a chance to win $50,000. A third winner will also be randomly selected to attend a WNBA finals game and two of 13 contestants at the game will be randomly selected for a chance to participate in a $1,000,000 shoot-out during halftime. To enter for a chance to win your shot at $1,000,000, visit your local Jewel or visit www.oceanspray.com for additional information and entry forms. Hurry, all entries must be received by midnight tonight!

Niketown Event on Thursday

On Thursday, August 2 at 6 p.m., Nike is hosting a WNBA event at Niketown, 699 N. Michigan Ave., featuring Sky starters Stacey Dales, All-Star Candice Dupree and rookie sensation Armintie Price. Also on hand, from the Detroit Shock, All-Stars Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan and rookie Ivory Latta. The event is free and open to all.

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Sky Garage Sale

The Sky is cleaning house! The team is holding a garage sale on the concourse of the UIC Pavilion, starting at 6:30 p.m. on August 3, before the Sky's game against Detroit.

There will be a variety of items available for sale from the 2006 inaugural season (photographs, banners, signs, merchandise), as well as t-shirts, game operations and mascot props,team apparel and equipment, coolers, and autographed apparel and equipment from Sky athletes.

Nothing But Nets

At the July 27 home game, the Sky raised money for Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign started by the United Nations Foundation to prevent malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa, by providing insecticide-treated bed nets. With the help of Chicago Fire star Diego Gutierrez, a national spokesman for Nothing but Nets, Sky fans donated $3,682. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches all donations dollar for dollar, bringing the total amount contributed to the cause to $7,364 which buys and delivers 736 malaria nets, saving 736 lives. Thank you, Sky fans, for your generosity!!

Live Chat

Sky Forward Kayte Christensen, a five-year WNBA veteran, will participate in a live chat with fans on the Sky message boards at www.chicagoskytalk.net on Thursday, August 2 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Cathy Out In the Community

From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, Sky forward Cathy Joens will appear at the Scottsdale Branch (1101 W. Taylor St.) as part of the team's summer reading program partnership with the Chicago Public Library.