--Week Includes Habitat For Humanity Builds, WNBA FIT Clinics, Read to Achieve Events,
Park Renovations, Food Drives and Hospital Visits --
NEW YORK, May 5, 2010 – In celebration of the WNBA’s 14th season, the league and its teams will give back to their communities with special events and services throughout the country. During the week of May 9 to May 15, WNBA teams will join community members and partners in an effort to support health, education, and environmental awareness programs through several projects.
Highlights of WNBA Cares week will include the Phoenix Mercury
– the 2009 league champions – hosting a WNBA FIT clinic with members of Wings to Fly, an organization that promotes lifelong self-esteem in young women. The clinic, taking place at the US Airways Center, will consist of various stations, including basketball, exercise, and nutrition. As part of their Read to Achieve initiative, the Indiana Fever will host five reading rallies at different elementary schools, where players will spend time with students while promoting the value of reading and online literacy.
A schedule of select WNBA Cares Week of Service activities is below. Additional information and dates on each event can be found on WNBA.com or on team websites.
: The Dream will Go Green during WNBA Cares Week in partnership with Park Pride, a nonprofit organization that works with communities across Atlanta to improve the parks. Players, cheerleaders and staff will assist with a park beautification project at Collier Heights Park in southwest Atlanta, helping to update the park and restore the green space in the neighborhood.
: The Sky will serve meals to 150+ senior citizens and individuals with disabilities at a Senior Satellite Center through the Meals on Wheels Golden Diners program on the South side of Chicago. The team will also take part in several social activities, including “Gospel Tuesday” where they will have the chance to dance and undertake exercises, and games with residents of the facility.
: The Sun will take part in a beautification project at Waterford Beach Park on Wednesday, May 12th. Sun players, staff and front office members will paint buildings, plant and clean the beach in preparation for the summer months.
: The Fever will also assist Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis by helping them prep for their 2010 builds. Specifically, the Fever will be pre-assembling parts for Habitat's wall panels and organizing donations in the Habitat ReStore. The ReStore takes in donated, gently new and used household items, which are sold to the public at a discounted price in support of Habitat's mission.
: The Sparks will join the Jenesse Center to help renovate an apartment for a family in need of a safe and welcoming home. Players will paint walls, hang paintings, build furniture, and decorate each room for the family to enjoy.
: WNBA All-Star Lindsay Whalen will visit the Hutchinson Area Health Care center to speak with patients recovering from injuries. In addition, players will visit the local Ronald McDonald House and host special activities for the children and their families.
: The Liberty will join forces with Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged New York women become self-sufficient by providing them with business attire and teaching them interview preparation. Players will spend time with the clients, in addition to sorting through clothing donations and selecting desirable professional attire for the women.
: The Silver Stars will partner with the Salvation Army to help those in need within the community. The players will spend time with youngsters and host a variety of special activities.
: As part of Habitat For Humanity’s National Women Build program, the Storm will join local volunteers to construct one of five duplexes that will house 10 hardworking, low-income families in the Issaquah Highlands.
: The Shock will assemble food and care packages for hundreds of families in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma program. Donated food and other grocery items are distributed to more than 460 partner programs in 24 counties in Eastern Oklahoma.
: The Mystics will participate in a planting project at George Washington Middle School for the after-school program, Head Start. Players and students will spend the day beautifying the park behind the school.