Below is a list of the civic engagement non-profits that each of the teams has chosen to support through their Commissioner’s Cup play.
Atlanta Dream: The King Center
Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has been a global destination, resource center, and community institution for over 25 years. Envisioning the Beloved Community where injustice ceases and love prevails. The King Center focuses on serving as both a local and global resource – dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The goal of The King Center is to inspire new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today.
Chicago Sky: My Block. My Hood. My City.
My Block. My Hood. My City.’s mission is to inspire youth, empower communities, and build a better world, one block at a time. This Chicago-based organization provides opportunities for others to step outside their comfort zone and explore new communities, cultures, and cuisines to gain a better understanding of the world. My Block. My Hood. My City. Believes that everyone needs to take responsibility for their communities and that it is only through efforts of service, empathy, and collaboration that we will see all communities genuinely evolve.
Connecticut Sun: League of Women Voters of Connecticut
The Connecticut League of Women Voters was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, and was formed to assist in leading Connecticut to be a state where citizens engage as voters and every eligible citizen is registered and empowered to vote. The CLWV is also fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice and focuses on promoting effective public policy and informed participation of citizens in government.
Dallas Wings: This Is Project Texas
“This Is Project Texas” is a nonpartisan organization that launched to advance statewide voter education & access, empower community engagement, and promote the general welfare of all current and future residents of Texas. This Texas-based organization is committed to using its pillars to energize and mobilize Texas with inclusion, innovation, and inspiration.
Indiana Fever: Indiana Black Expo
Indiana Black Expo is a voice and organization for the social and economic advancement of youth & families in Indiana. With its core focus on education and economic empowerment, Indiana Black Expo develops programs that drive long-lasting, positive change for the underserved in local communities. IBE continues to empower individuals through education, events, and initiatives and works to evolve its programming to find new ways to address relevant issues to make positive change.
Las Vegas Aces: ACLU of Nevada
The ACLU of Nevada is a nonpartisan organization that works to defend and advance civil liberties and rights in Nevada. It is the only organization in Nevada dedicated solely to protecting every individual’s Constitutional rights and liberties in the state. Rooted in the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, and equality, the ACLU of Nevada works in three areas: public education, advocacy, and litigation. The organization’s public education efforts help all Nevadans understand their liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Los Angeles Sparks: Human Rights Campaign
As America’s largest civil rights organization, The Human Rights Campaign is working to achieve equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ citizens and seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace while also working to secure equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals and families at the federal and state levels.
Minnesota Lynx: ACLU of Minnesota
Founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Minnesota continues to promote, protect, and extend the civil liberties and rights of the people of Minnesota through litigation, lobbying, and community engagement. This ACLU state affiliate values equity for all people and equal justice under law, inclusion, and the right of everyone to participate in our democracy. This entails the voices, knowledge, and leadership of those historically and systematically excluded and disenfranchised and all of their members and supporters who make their work possible.
New York Liberty: A Little Piece of Light
A Little Piece of Light’s primary focus is to empower and facilitate healing for women, girls, and gender-fluid individuals directly impacted by trauma and involvement in the criminal justice system. Led by formerly incarcerated and family members of incarcerated individuals, this New York-based organization helps those that share their collective trauma incited by sexism, racism, violence, poverty, and incarceration. In the community, ALPOL has strived to become a leader in criminal justice reform, collective healing, community empowerment, and grassroots mobilization through its various programs both inside and outside.
Phoenix Mercury: Black Mothers Forum
The Black Mothers Forum came together in 2016 to focus on addressing the many concerns around the safety and welfare of all black children. BMF’s main focus is to dismantle the systems that have adversely impacted the Black community and begin to create safe and supportive environments for our children and families. They believe there is great power when a community comes together to develop a collective voice concerning issues facing all black children everywhere.
Seattle Storm: ACLU of Washington
The ACLU of Washington is a non-partisan organization that works to defend and advance the civil liberties and rights in Washington State. It is the state affiliate of the ACLU. This Washington State-based organization actively works to create justice, freedom, and equality for all people in Washington State. Their primary focus aims toward the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised within the community while actively working.
Washington Mystics: Alliance for Youth Action
The Alliance for Youth Action is working to create a world where our democracy works for everyone and where all people – no matter where they come from, what they look like, or how they identify – live in a loving, safe, and thriving community. The AFYA is also advocating for everyone to be seen in their full humanity and treated as such, for all young people to have upward and economic mobility, for everyone to have great health and access to healthcare, and to help sustain our planet, for many generations to come.