The Atlanta Dream is more than just a professional basketball team. Although that is the most public and visual part of what the organization does, it also stands on four pillars — education, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, inspiring women. These four pillars are the true lifeblood of the organization in the hopes of building a better tomorrow through initiatives and community service.
In the spirit of that, Atlanta Dream players Meighan Simmons, Matee Ajavon, Brittney Sykes, and Brianna Kiesel visited different Metro Atlanta YMCA summer programs this week to read Brown Girl, Brown Girl What Do You See by Kiesha Mitchell. The book teaches young girls to see the beauty and individuality within themselves. Players took pictures, signed autographs and played a few basketball games with the kids. Locations included the Arthur M Blank Family YMCA, Covington Family YMCA, Cowart Family/Ashford Dunwoody YMCA, and McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA.
In addition to visiting the YMCA camps, fellow Atlanta Dream player Elizabeth Williams also dropped by a Thriving Thursday program held in conjunction with author Kiesha Mitchell to actively inspire young girls through her book and self-esteem building exercises. Williams also stopped by a Chick-fil-A camp to encourage children to follow their dreams.
Matee Ajavon also visited the Microsoft store in Lenox Mall to educate and engage kids in learning about the fundamentals of Microsoft. Ajavon helped kids of the Bessie Branham Parks and Rec to create a new invention and pitch their idea using Microsoft programs.
During this weekend’s Junior Dream camp, players spoke to kids, participated in station drills, signed autographs and took pictures. Several players were in attendance including Layshia Clarendon, Bria Holmes, and Matee Ajavon.