WNBA Comes Out for the Girls
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and its teams will celebrate the 27th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on February 6. Through WNBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program, the WNBA family will conduct fitness clinics, speaking engagements and workshops in markets across the country to help lead, inspire and create positive change in the lives of women and young girls.
NGWSD, first chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1986 – honors female athletic achievement and recognizes the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women.
As part of a long-time partnership to empower women and girls through sports, the WNBA/NBA and the U.S. Department of State will send a host of WNBA players and legends overseas throughout 2013 to promote participation in sports and discuss the importance of health and wellness with young female athletes. Currently WNBA legends Tamika Raymond and Nykesha Sales are in the Ukraine with further trips planned to other regions in the world including Kazakhstan, Thailand and Tunisia.
WNBA team events taking place in support of NGWSD include:
The Atlanta Dream staff members, led by CEO Ashley Preisinger, will visit the Georgia State Capitol to take part in a ceremony for NGWSD. The Dream will meet with Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal, and a proclamation honoring women’s sports teams throughout the state will be signed and read at the event.
The Chicago Sky has partnered with Samaritan’s Feet & BUICK to distribute 300 pairs of shoes to youngsters from Girls in the Game, a non-profit organization that encourages young girls to lead an active and fit way of life. In order to promote participation in sports and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle, Sky players will be on hand to interact with the girls and help with the shoe distribution.
The Minnesota Lynx and Head Coach Cheryl Reeve will be honored at the Minnesota State Capitol as one of four 2013 Special Merit Award winners. The Special Merit Award is given to individuals who exemplify the highest levels of commitment to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport. Reeve will receive the award on behalf of the team and take part in the festivities. Additionally, Reeve will be speaking to students at St. Cloud State University later in the month as part of its NGWSD celebration and Women on Wednesdaylecture series.
New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton will serve as a guest speaker in an assembly at Girls Prep Middle School in New York City. Hampton will share her experiences as a professional athlete to the all-girl middle school. The Liberty will also host the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day event “Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future” and Hampton will serve as the moderator.
The Seattle Storm will encourage young girls to participate in sports by inviting them to a four-day celebration of women’s basketball as part of the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Pac-12 and the Storm are celebrating NGWSD by jointly offering to young fans under the age of 18 complimentary admission to any of the first three sessions of the Tournament that will be held at KeyArena, the Storm’s home facility.
The Washington Mystics will launch an online campaign around NGWSD featuring participation from all of Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s teams. Mystics star Jasmine Thomas will share her thoughts on being a professional athlete while members of the Wizard Girls and the Capitals’ Red Rockers will talk about the impact of sports in their lives.
The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. The league, which counts Boost Mobile as its leaguewide marquee partner, will tip off its 17th season in the spring of 2013.
Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education.