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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball — Thursday May 17, 2018 (Part 2)

WNBA invites fans to “Take a Seat, Take a Stand” for empowerment of women and girls. Plus, get the popcorn ready! 2018 WNBA season preview shows are happening tonight — in about an hour!

2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Portraits
Rebecca Lobo poses for her Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame portrait on Sept. 8, 2017 in Springfield, MA.
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The WNBA announced today its launch of the Take a Seat, Take a Stand campaign, which backs the league’s philosophy on gender equality with cold, hard cash.

The initiative supports empowerment of women and girls in two ways:

  1. Donating $5 for every WNBA ticket purchased to one of six organizations, with fans deciding to which of the organizations they want their money to go; and
  2. Allowing fans to choose “to send a young woman or girl to a game to inspire her by the strength, talent and leadership of the women of the WNBA.”

If they so desire, fans can also donate tickets directly to one of the organizations. Tickets for this purpose can be purchased here:

The organizations partnering with the WNBA for Take a Seat, Take a Stand were selected for their advocacy of girls and women.

As quoted by the WNBA, these groups include:

  • Bright Pink, a national nonprofit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
  • GLSEN, a national network of students, educators, parents and community leaders working to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.
  • It’s On Us, a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault.
  • MENTOR, the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States.
  • Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education.
  • The United State of Women, a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it.

How fortunate for fans that an afternoon at the arena to see their favorite women’s basketball team will also support women and girls in important, badly-needed ways.

Great work, WNBA!

2018 WNBA season preview shows — TONIGHT!

Some of the best in the women’s basketball business will treat fans to exciting and insightful preview coverage of the 2018 WNBA season.

NBA TV | Thursday May 17 at 7 p.m. EST

Stalwarts of women’s basketball coverage, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and LaChina Robinson, host NBA TV’s 2018 WNBA Season Preview show. (For those who don’t have cable, Sling TV offers NBA coverage for about $20/month.)

SiriusXM NBA Radio | Thursday May 17 at 7 p.m. EST

Host Justin Termine will preview the season and speak with special guests, including Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo; several star players, including Sue Bird, Sylvia Fowles and Chiney Ogwumike; and Las Vegas Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer.

Got weekend plans?

ICYMI: The 2018 WNBA season starts tomorrow!

Shine brighter — and help others to shine brighter, too.