WNBPA ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTION RESULTS

NEW YORK, NY – Women’s National Basketball Players Association Director of Operations Terri Jackson announced the results of all...

TERRI CARMICHAEL JACKSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF THE WNBPA

The Women’s National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee announced today that Terri Carmichael Jackson has been named Director of...
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WNBPA Statement on Recent Management Changes in the New York Liberty Front Office

“The WNBPA and its members are aware of the 2007 verdict reached by a federal jury, after trial, that involved actions by Mr. Thomas and Mr. Dolan, and which found there to be a hostile work environment for women at Madison Square Garden (MSG).

WNBA players are aware that they have an impact both on and off the court. The WNBA is the premier women’s sports league in the world — its players represent the pinnacle of athletic prowess, are deeply vested in their local communities, and serve as role models for millions of boys and girls across the country. As such, we feel it is important to convey the message that WNBA players will not tolerate a hostile work environment, and that no one should have to endure unwanted sexual advances and harassment in the workplace.

The verdict finding there to be a hostile work environment at MSG was issued eight years ago, however. We recognize that people can learn, grow and evolve in that time frame, and that MSG, under Mr. Dolan, may now afford a hospitable, appropriate and non-discriminatory environment for its female employees.

As the union for all WNBPA players, we want to ensure that this remains the case and that Liberty players will not be subjected to the type of environment found to exist at MSG in the past.

Towards that end, we will have recurring meetings with the Liberty players throughout the season to provide a forum for any issues, complaints or concerns regarding the working environment at MSG. We will be hosting the first meeting prior to the start of the season.”

–Evie Goldstein, Director of Operations, WNBPA

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A Close Up With … Essence Carson

In this edition, find out what New York Liberty forward/guard Essence Carson is all about off the court:

  • Favorite Musical Artist(s): Lauryn Hill & Mariah Carey
  • First Job: Church Organist/ Pianist
  • Must-See TV Show: Scandal
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Place I’d Like To Visit: Madrid
  • Pre-Game Ritual: Drink A Half Cup of Mountain Dew
  • My Friends Would Describe Me As: Talented
  • If I Were Not A WNBA Player, I’d Be…: A Music Producer and/or Psychologist
  • Favorite Home Cooked Meal: Fried Pork Chops, Spinach, Yellow Rice, Collard Greens
  • Nickname: “E”
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Schimmel Soars Two Back-To-Back SportsBlog Wins

Well, folks, she’s done it again!

WNBA rookie guard Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream dominated the SportsBlog.com May Pro Leaderboard and took home first prize for the most readers. That makes two consecutive months of coming out on top.

Schimmel is taking fans along with her on her WNBA rookie year ride and blogging every step of the way. And now she’s making a run for Rookie of the Year. If you aren’t following her blog yet, what are you waiting for?

Congratulations also goes out to NFL Legend Jeff Nixon and NBA Legend Jim McIlvaine, who came in second and third place, respectively, on the May Pro Leaderboard.
With many more pros joining the blogging ranks, June is anybody’s game!

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One-On-One With Swin Cash

NBPA/WNBPA.com’s Talia Bargil chatted with Swin Cash, one of the greatest WNBA players of our time, about her new book, March Madness, life on and off the court, and much more. Check it out here:

Q: First, let’s talk about your new book “Humble Journey.” What do you want readers to take away from it? And what prompted you to write the book now as opposed to when you complete your playing career?

A: Readers are seeing a very authentic and transparent view of the things I went through the last four years, and one of the biggest things for me is that they are inspired. I hope the book will help them deal with the different things that may happen in their life and how to persevere through them.

I decided to write “Humble Journey” now because the last four years were so significant. I went through a lot of things and learned a lot of life lessons, and I wanted to share those stories so I can help people going through similar things. I share who I am, as a basketball player and a human being.

I am also donating 10 percent of the book sales to my charity, Cash for Kids. I try to find a way to give back with anything I do; it’s who I am. By writing this book and giving some of the proceeds to the charity, I can help more kids who are less fortunate. Through Cash for Kids, we are not only getting them involved in sports, but with academic enrichment. We are actually looking to take the kids to Washington, D.C., this summer when my team is playing there so they can watch a game, see the monuments and learn a little bit about history.

Q: We are just about to dive into March Madness. Will your UCONN Huskies women’s basketball team clinch another National Championship?

A: The team has grown a lot throughout the season. I think for them right now, it’s a mental toughness thing. They’ll need to get over that hump to win a National Championship, and I think they have the ability, skills and size to do it. It will be up to them come Tournament time, but I think they’ll make their run. It’s going to be an uphill battle, and Baylor is the team they will have to get through. When you get to the Final Four, anything can happen. I like our chances.

Q: As a two-time NCAA Champion and three-time WNBA Champion, you know what it takes to succeed. What type of advice can you offer young men and women striving to achieve at any level?

A: One of the things I try to address in my book is that people don’t remember how you fall; they remember how you get back up. I also think that discipline and balance are the keys to success…the discipline to work on your craft, while being able to balance work and family. That’s very important.

Q: Next month, a new crop of young women will be drafted into the WNBA. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were in those shoes?

A: Once you get to the WNBA, you are responsible for you. You become your own CEO, which means you make the decisions on how you train and what you put in your body. Your parents and coaches won’t be there doing that. You have to handle your body and take care of yourself like you are a business. I wish I recognized that when I was younger because then I wouldn’t have gone through some of things I did.

Q: What does your fitness and nutrition regimen look like?

A: I train, do yoga, Pilates. I try to have proper nutrition and eat at least three meals a day. I incorporate the basic foods, like chicken and fish, and you have to get your vegetables in. Drinking water and staying hydrated is also really key. But I really think the biggest thing is figuring out what works for your body. The way I train and eat is completely different than what works for other players.

Q: You are a busy lady! What else are you focused on these days off the court?

A: Between the book tour and training, I like having some down time to go to a movie or relax. Sleep has been big!

On the community side, we just started our youth basketball league, so I am making sure they are getting what they need. And I’m checking up on everything that’s happening with our work in my hometown of McKeesport, Penn. We are also partnering with Girls in the Game in Chicago, and that will start at the end of April. We are making a commitment to those girls for the next couple years.

Q: Speaking of all that community work, you were just informed that you will be the recipient of a Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. What does that mean to you?

A: It means a lot. I don’t do the community work to get recognized, so when people recognize you for something that you do that comes naturally, it’s pretty much a blessing. But I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without my mom, our volunteers and the people who work with me, who believe in my vision of – it sounds cliché – but making the world a better place and inspiring young people and different organizations to be better, live better, give back and be part of something that’s bigger than yourself.

Q: With your experience in sports journalism, do you plan to pursue that further following your playing career?

A: Of course. But I don’t look at it as just sports journalism. My ultimate goal would be to have my own talk show one day or co-host a show like “The View” or “The Talk.” I am trying to be a well-rounded person who can talk about sports because I love basketball, I love football, but I also stay up on what’s happening in politics and life in general. I hope that one day I could inspire people like Oprah does!

Q: What does the future look like for Swin Cash?

A: I still love to play basketball. I can’t give a timetable on how much longer I’ll play, but I’m enjoying the ride. In the offseason, I’m focused on growing from a business standpoint and honing my skills in television and broadcasting, and continuing my philanthropic work with Cash for Kids and any other organizations that are dear to my heart.

ABOUT SWIN CASH
A two-time NCAA Champion, three-time WNBA Champion, four-time WNBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, Swin Cash is a 6’1” forward with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Recognized for her scoring and rebounding prowess, she helped lead the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to national titles in 2000 and 2002. Selected second overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock, Cash went on to help lead the team to their first-ever WNBA title in 2003. She since played for the Seattle Storm and Chicago Sky, and picked up numerous accolades, including two additional WNBA Championships, two WNBA All-Star MVP honors and an Olympic gold medal. Off the court, Cash is very active in the community, particularly with her non-profit organization, Cash for Kids. She also can be seen as a broadcaster and writer for a number of media outlets. For more information, visit www.swincash.com and follow her on Twitter @SwinCash.

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Dressing the Part

It’s no question that this year’s incoming WNBA rookie class has the skills, athleticism and passion to compete at the highest level. But that’s not all that comes with the high-profile job.

Recognizing the importance of professional dress and appearance off the court, the WNBA Players Association and the WNBA teamed up to provide the talented group of young woman with the tools they need to present themselves as professionals when they step off the hardwood. As part of the four-day Rookie Transition Program, which concluded with the WNBA Draft at ESPN in Bristol, Conn., a team of fashion stylists and hair/make-up experts provided the ladies with a wealth of knowledge and personal attention to help prepare them for their new careers.

“I want these ladies to understand that they are entering into a world of professionalism and should take every opportunity to present themselves seriously. Our wardrobe is the first thing people look at besides our face, and your attire gauges how seriously people take you,” said stylist Rachel Johnson, owner of Thomas Faison.

Johnson kicked off the special event by focusing on what the WNBA up and comers would “need in their wardrobe arsenal to look like well quaffed, smart, professional women.”

“Every woman should have a pants suit, skirt suit, sheath, pencil skirt, white blouse and a trench coat in her closet,” said Johnson. “I recommend investing in classic, professional pieces, and spending less money on trendy pieces. And when you make your transition and start your new life, your tailor is your new best friend.”

After learning a number of how-to’s and what-not-to-do’s in the areas of wardrobe, shoes, accessories, makeup application, hair styling and even undergarments, it was time to apply what they learned.

From manicures to make-up applications, bra fittings and more, each lady had the opportunity to work one-on-one with the stylists to prepare for their Draft day look.

“You think you know how to dress as a professional, but this is really eye-opening. I feel like I’m ready to take on the world…this session was very beneficial,” said guard Natalie Novosel out of Notre Dame, selected eighth overall by the Washington Mystics. “The stylists helped me understand how to better flatter my figure, which was very helpful. As athletes, we don’t have a lot of time, but I’ve gained a better appreciation of how little touches can make such a big difference in improving our appearances.”

Adding a nip here and a tuck there, the stylists worked for hours to pull together each lady’s Draft day look and prepare them for the television cameras.

“I’m like a sponge taking all of this in,” said center Lynetta Kizer out of Maryland who was drafted by the Tulsa Shock. “This session taught me how to dress professionally, while still showing my personality and keeping my look the ‘real me.’ At the court, I come to compete and I don’t think much about my appearance. But now that I’m in a professional environment, it is something I need to think about.”

A tremendous success, the WNBA hopefuls left their fashion seminar with the confidence, know-how and tools to take their appearances as seriously as their balling.

“As a professional athlete, your body is a marketable entity,” added Johnson. “These ladies are walking brands and need to understand the impact their attire and appearance has on that.”

And perhaps forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike from Stanford, selected first overall by the Los Angeles Sparks, summed it up best:

“When you look good, you feel good,” she said. “When you like how you look, it’s easier to go out there and succeed.”

And by the looks of it, these ladies are ready for the challenge.

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