In the midst of the intense playoff push, the month of August is also the WNBA’s FIT month initiative. WNBA FIT is the league’s health and total wellness program that spreads awareness and encourages mental and physical health for fans of all ages. The WNBA has teamed up with Kaiser Permanente as the presenting sponsor of the league’s FIT initiative that tipped off on August 1st and will end on the 31st. WNBA FIT week will continue with league- and team-specific events and clinics to educate and spread awareness and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the month you will see a host of team activated initiatives around the league. The WNBA has partnered with Bright Pink for WNBA Breast Health Awareness for the beginning of the month, and you will see different teams don their pink uniforms August 1st through August 12th in support. Each team will host their own BHA game that consists of NIKE pink uniforms and branded warm-up shirts to help with the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
The WNBA season is full of different initiatives that the league and its teams support and activate differently in conjunction with games. It is incredible to see the participation from different teams and communities throughout the season in support of all the great causes that the WNBA spreads awareness. Many teams have a variety of ways that you can support BHA in your community such as; jersey and uniform auctions, pink wristbands and bracelets, concession specials and donations, and so much more!
On August 12th, the Connecticut Sun will be honoring ESPN commentator Holly Rowe with the Margo Dydek Award as its 2018 Woman of Inspiration. Rowe, who is currently in treatment for Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma, has become tireless advocate for Cancer research and prevention. The Connecticut Sun Foundation will also make a $1,000 donation to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, the largest international melanoma organization focused on research, education, legislation and awareness in recognition of Rowe as the award recipient.
This week, Rowe posted a video on social media in which she emotionally shared excellent news about her cancer treatment.
The Margo Dydek Award, named after the former Sun center, is given to an outstanding woman who has distinguished themselves while positively impacting the local community. Dydek was a former Sun All Star who passed away at the age of 37 in 2011. This is just one of the impactful ways that each team is spreading awareness and making a difference in their community for BHA week and WNBA FIT month.
Fans can visit the WNBA Cares website to read more about FIT month as well as total health tips from Kaiser Permanente, images from the 2018 All-Star FIT clinic, and interviews with players about how they stay FIT! You can also check out the WNBA Breast Health Awareness page to learn more about the league’s partnership with Bright Pink and you can take an assessment of your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.