The Dream will celebrate youth basketball throughout the week
ATLANTA (July 20, 2017) — The Atlanta Dream will join the 11 other WNBA teams in the annual Jr. WNBA Week. During the week, the WNBA seeks to promote and celebrate youth basketball. The celebration tips off Thursday, July 20 prior to the All-Star game and runs through July 30.
The Dream’s local participation in the weeklong celebration is being held in conjunction with the first game after the All-Star break on July 25 when the Dream host the Phoenix Mercury. During the game, AAU and high school coaches will run basketball fundamental drills with their teams. Youth teams will also shoot free throws on the court and will be recognized on the McCamish Pavilion center-hung. Other events include autograph passes and a Jr. WNBA Announcer during the game.
On July 26, several events and player appearances will be taking place throughout the city. All-Star center Elizabeth Williams, guard Matee Ajavon and Star, the Dream’s mascot, will be visiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to read to the children. Rookie guard Brittney Sykes will be making an appearance at the Georgia Tech basketball camp to speak to kids, sign autographs and demonstrate skills on the court. Finally, All-Star guard Tiffany Hayes will make an appearance at the Peachstate Basketball/AAU Tournament for a special question & answer session followed by signing autographs for the kids in attendance.
On Thursday, July 27 the Dream will be hosting a special Jr. Dream Basketball Clinic at the Welcome All Park in College Park. Forward Sancho Lyttle, All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon, forward Jordan Hooper, center Aneika Morello and Head Coach Michael Cooper will be in attendance. Participating Fulton County Parks and Recreation Centers include Burdett, Sandtown and Cliftondale.
Members of the Dream staff will participate in the Atlanta Public School Back to School Kickoff on Saturday, July 29. The team will be giving away items and hosting a basketball skills contest.
The Dream’s participation in Jr. WNBA Week will conclude with a Jr. WNBA themed game on Sunday, July 30 against the Washington Mystics. The themed-afternoon includes a special ticket offer for Jr. WNBA/NBA coaches who will have the chance to participate in In-Game fan experiences.
Through social media and appearances, the Dream will highlight the importance of youth sports. Follow the hashtag #JrWNBAWeek online for updated photos, videos and information.
The Atlanta Dream, who is celebrating its 10th season in the WNBA in 2017, will play its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Atlanta has qualified for the playoffs seven times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.