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Welcome to the Official Website of the Women's National Basketball Players Association

The WNBPA was officially formed on November 6, 1998. The Association is comprised of all WNBA players and is governed by an Executive Committee and Player Representatives from each WNBA team. As the first labor union comprised of professional women athletes, the WNBPA enjoys a unique place in the history of professional sports. The WNBPA is committed to protecting the rights of WNBA players and advancing and safeguarding the economic and social welfare of all WNBA players, both on and off the court.

Tuesday
Sep172013

WNBPA Partnership Makes History

In less than two months, the new partnership between the WNBPA and SportsBlog.com has made a tremendous splash in the sports blogging community. With 24 active WNBA players connecting with fans through their own blogs on SportsBlog.com, the initiative is already proving to be the largest network of WNBA player blogs in history.

“Through SportsBlog.com, our players have the unique opportunity to speak freely and directly to their fans about everything from their game the night before to how they like to spend their free time or a community initiative close to their heart,” said Pamela Wheeler, WNBPA Director of Operations. “More players are signing up each day to host their own blog, and we are thrilled with the success this partnership has already achieved…and we are just getting started!”

Numerous players have downloaded the SportsBlog app and many are already writing their own blogs, including Alexis Hornbuckle, Amber Harris, Briana Gilbreath, Cathrine Kraayeveld, Charde Houston, Ebony Hoffman, Erin Phillips, Janel McCarville, Jasmine Thomas, Jayne Appel, Katie Smith, Lindsay Whalen, Lindsey Moore, Monica Wright, Nakia Sanford, Rachel Jarry, Sugar Rodgers and Temeka Johnson.

Fans can access these blogs at Sportsblog.com/directory/wnbaplayer.

In addition, SportsBlog.com is currently developing player home pages that will be fully integrated with the respective WNBA players’ blogs.

The WNBA players join the thousands of fans, NFL players and other professional athletes who are already using SportsBlog.com, the largest platform of sports blogs anywhere on the Internet with close to 10,000 sports blogs in less than a year. The site allows anyone to start a Sports Blog, as well as participate in monthly contests with the site’s revenue sharing program.

"We're proud to feature WNBA Players alongside NFL greats, and are passionate about bringing women's basketball to our global audience,” said Roy Dano, SportsBlog.com CEO. “The women’s blogs are already receiving hundreds of comments and positive feedback from fans, which further demonstrates the skyrocketing interest in women’s basketball. We are thrilled and excited about the direction our work with the WNBPA is headed!”

ABOUT SPORTSBLOG.COM 
SportsBlog.com is the world’s fastest-growing platform for bloggers who are passionate about sports. The site hosts blogs by superstars, superfans and everything in between. This includes expert fans, credentialed sports journalists and talk show hosts. It’s also the platform of choice for many professional athletes – more of them blog on SportsBlog.com than on any other site.

Wednesday
May222013

NBPA Press Release (May 21, 2013)

NBA AND PLAYERS ASSOCIATION DONATE $1 MILLION TO SUPPORT  
OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS

May 21, 2013  

                       

NEW YORKMay 21, 2013 – The National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association announced today that they will contribute $1 million to support relief efforts in response to the destruction caused by the tornado in the Oklahoma City area.  The NBA and the Players Association will join forces with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other disaster relief agencies that are mobilizing their resources to support the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Thunder star Kevin Durant have each donated $1 million to the relief efforts, and several NBA teams, and current and former players are also contributing to aid in the recovery.

Players and team personnel of the Thunder, the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, and the NBA D-League’s Tulsa 66ers will continue to provide local support, assisting in on-the-ground relief efforts in addition to the ongoing support by the NBA family.

 

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Tuesday
Apr302013

WNBA Rookies Poised To Soar

The 2013 WNBA rookies with Mikki Taylor, a motivational speaker, author, beauty lifestyle coach and Essence Magazine’s Editor at Large

By Talia Bargil:
For NBPA.com/WNBPA.com

As ready as they’ll ever be, the 2013 WNBA rookie class is set to embark on their pro basketball careers.

And after their recent Rookie Orientation Program, hosted by the WNBPA and the WNBA, this group of talented women is making the transition equipped with the priceless knowledge, advice and guidance to succeed at the next level.

“I feel like I have a much better grasp of what I’m getting into now than I did when I first walked into the orientation,” said two-time NCAA Champion Kelly Faris, selected 11th overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2013 WNBA Draft. “It was very helpful to receive so much information, and I wouldn’t have known any of it had we not been informed properly.”

From seminars and discussions about everything from financial planning, to nutrition, security, media training and etiquette, one of the highlights was a player panel featuring current and retired WNBA players Ruth Riley, Candice Wiggins, Sheryl Swoopes and Teresa Edwards.

“I believe the most insightful part of orientation was when we were able to hear from the veterans and truly listen to their perspective of the league, along with what they expect out of rookies. They have firsthand experience, so it was great to hear from the vets,” said rising star Elena Delle-Donne, selected second overall by the Chicago Sky.

The rookies also were treated to the inspiration of author, beauty lifestyle coach and Essence Magazine’s Editor at Large Mikki Taylor, whose powerful words brought the room to a standing ovation. While focusing on personal style and self-expression, Taylor zeroed in on “six key affirmations to master the journey of where you are and where you want to be,” which included: 
· Know Your Value 
· Honor Your Ultimate Purpose With Distinction 
· Identify Your Style & Establish Your Signature
· Master Your Health & Wellness
· Build Your Spiritual Muscle
· Be The Empowered Woman You Were Called To Be

Taylor was a hard act to follow, but another dressed-to-impress presenter was Rachel Johnson, celebrity stylist and founder of the Thomas Faison Agency. Johnson and her team spoke to the rookies about the importance of professional dress and appearance, including wardrobe, accessories, shoes, nails and hair/makeup.

With their steamer and mascara in hand, the glam squad put their instruction to practice when they invited the ladies to the “W” Lounge, an exclusive reception full of food, fashion and fun. Featuring beauty stations, like manicures, hair and makeup, the “W” Lounge also gave each woman the opportunity to receive personal assistance in putting together their Draft Day looks.

“We are committed to helping our players maximize their potential – on and off of the court – from the day Rookie Orientation begins through their retirement from their playing career and beyond,” said Pam Wheeler, WNBPA Director of Operations. “I can say with confidence that the WNBA and its fans are in for a real treat with this incoming rookie class, a group of talented, competitive and passionate women.”

After an action-packed weekend in Bristol, Conn., the women’s dreams officially became a reality as each heard their name called by WNBA President Laurel Richie at the 2013 WNBA Draft live at ESPN headquarters.

And suffice to say, they are prepared for what lies ahead.

What else are the ladies saying:
"My overall experience was a very positive one that was fun and informative. For me, the most insightful parts were the players and coaches panel and the financial planning section. If I would not have had that orientation, I believe I would have a ton of questions and not sure of what happens.”
---Lindsey Moore, Minnesota Lynx

“It’s hard to pick one part of the Orientation that was my favorite because every section, speaker and handout was informational and key to helping us become successful professional athletes and young women. I love that the WNBPA and the WNBA are investing in partnering along with other organizations to help us become successful in whatever way we see fit.”
---Layshia Clarendon, Indiana Fever

“The whole experience was GREAT! I loved it and learned a lot I didn’t know.”
---Sugar Rodgers, Minnesota Lynx

“I had a great experience at the Orientation. It was very informative about what we were about to take on in life. I would say the most insightful part for me was learning about the logistics of being drafted. Everything from how a contract works, to what is in a contract, to how to handle your money. The business side of everything was very helpful for me. I also really enjoyed getting to know the players off of the court.”
---Kelly Faris, Connecticut Sun

“Orientation was a very enlightening time. I feel like it truly helped to ease the transition process from college to pros. Not only did I learn a lot through the meetings, but I was also able to develop friendships with all of the players in attendance.”
---Elena Delle-Donne, Chicago Sky

A special thanks to our generous “W” Lounge sponsors: FlexPower, Garnier, Nike, Adidas, Wacoal, The Athlete’s Foot, Pooka Pure & Simple, Shea Moisture, Shannon Saint Clair jewelry, Sports Business Journal, Essence Magazine, Vita Coco, Indiana Popcorn and American Pistachio.