The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and its teams celebrated the 27th annual "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" (NGWSD) on Feb. 6.
In support of NGWSD, which was first chartered by Congress in 1986, the Atlanta Dream staff and CEO Ashley Preisinger visited the Georgia State Capitol to take part in a ceremony honoring female athletic achievement and to recognize the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women.
The Dream met with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and a proclamation honoring women's sports teams throughout the state was signed and read at the event.
As part of a longtime partnership to empower women and girls through sports, the WNBA/NBA and the U.S. Department of State will also 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.
Through WNBA Cares, the league's global social responsibility program, the WNBA family will also conduct ongoing 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, with the Chicago Sky, Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics partnering with various organizations in their respective communities.