The WNBA is deeply committed to WNBA CARES programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on promoting health and fitness, breast health awareness, reading and youth basketball programs. As we look forward to the 16th season of the WNBA, the league and its players continue to be recognized for their commitment to the community.
WNBA Cares Fact Sheet
|Lynx Go Green
Minnesota Lynx players Candice Wiggins and Alexis Hornbuckle visited Ronald McDonald House of Minneapolis to help children make ice cream, water flowers and enjoy the outdoors
Katie Couric, the first solo female evening news anchor and author of “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives,” is the recipient of the 2011 WNBA Inspiration Award.
Photo Galleries: Katie Couric Honored
|WNBA Encourages Fans to Go Green
In collaboration with the NRDC the WNBA purchased Renewable Energy Credits to off-set energy used at all WNBA arenas hosting games throughout WNBA Green Week, which runs through June 28.
|WNBA at NBA All-Star
A number of WNBA players, both present and past, joined the NBA Community Cares Caravan during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles to partake in activities in and around the city. From lending a hand in the Wheelchair Basketball Classic, to helping out during All-Star Day of Service, WNBA players showed first hand how the league and its players continue to give back to the community.
Photo Galleries: Lisa Leslie: Vaccines for Teens | Community Cares Caravan | All-Star Day of Service
|NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
The WNBA and its players, coaches, and teams celebrated the 25th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Feb. 2. Fitness clinics and workshops were conducted on this day in markets across the country to help lead, inspire, and create positive change in the lives of women and young girls.
Player Stories: Sue Bird | Iziane Castro Marques | Tina Charles | Katie Douglas | Crystal Langhorne | Candice Dupree
The Measles Initiative represents one of the world’s most successful partnerships in public health, aiming to reduce global measles mortality through mass vaccination campaigns and by strengthening routine immunization overseas.
|BREAST HEALTH AWARENESS
The WNBA Breast Health Awareness program focuses on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. More than $2 million has been raised by the WNBA, its players and teams to help fight breast cancer through this program.
Her Story: Jayne Appel | Alison Bales | Tina Charles | Helen Darling | Kelsey Griffin | Asjha Jones | Brittainey Raven | Shavonte Zellous
Encourages girls and women of all ages to learn more about their bodies and the importance of physical fitness through programs related to health, fitness, nutrition and self-esteem. Programming inspires girls and women to get started on "being fit" through small changes in their daily routine.
|Read to Achieve
A year-round, league-wide initiative that promotes the values of reading and on-line literacy and encourages families and adults to read regularly with young children. The program includes special reading time-outs, the donation of books and literacy materials to schools and community based organizations, and the creation of Reading and Learning Centers and Reading Corners throughout the world.
TEAM COMMUNITY EFFORTS
WNBA teams maintain a range of creative programs geared to give back to their communities. Whether it's engaging youth in various Read to Achieve incentive platforms or fun fitness programs, coordinating environmentally friendly projects, or providing memorable in-arena experiences to deserving local heroes, WNBA teams actively participate in local community outreach. Through partnerships with various community and non-profit organizations, teams capitalize on their ability to highlight different issues and help a diverse array of people.