The WNBA is involved and cares about its fans. Proof is in the support the league and its players provide throughout the country.
WNBA Read to Achieve
Read to Achieve is a year-round, league-wide initiative supported by all 29 NBA teams, 13 WNBA teams, and 6 NBDL teams that promotes the value of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. It is the most extensive educational outreach initiative in the history of professional sports. The program includes the annual donation of more than 200,000 books through a variety of reading events and book fairs, as well as the development of essay contests and on-line programs and the creation of Reading and Learning centers throughout North America.
WNBA Breast Health Awareness
Breast health awareness has been a core initiative of the WNBA since its inaugural season in 1997. The WNBA Breast Health Awareness program is designed to increase public awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and to raise funds to inform, educate and screen women all over the country.
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, presented by Gatorade and Nike, is the leading organizing body in the recreational youth basketball community. More than 500,000 boys and girls, ages 5-14 years old from across the United States, Canada and abroad, will participate in 1,000 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA member leagues during the 2002-03 youth basketball season. In all, more than one million players, coaches, parents and officials will receive benefits through Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA member leagues.
On April 24, 1996, women's basketball announced "We Got Next" as the NBA Board of Governors approved the concept of a Women's National Basketball Association. The rest is WNBA history!