NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 – Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her contributions to the community in September. This marks the first time Moore has received the honor.
Through her Maya Moore Academy, Moore, who helped the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA title, hosted young girls (ages of 12 to 17) to an exclusive basketball experience, which included valuable life lessons of leadership and building character. Moore also works with United Way to emphasize the importance of education and teaching youth how to read, in hopes of providing them with opportunities to advance in the world.
Additionally, through Lynx initiatives, Moore appeared at The Minneapolis YWCA summer basketball camp and MidCountry Bank camp, as well as led the Lynx annual Faith and Family night program, guiding the group in prayers and song.
“I was given a lot growing up, people helped and guided me to get opportunities to be the best that I could be,” Moore said. “Because of that I want to do my best to bless others, especially through basketball camps with my Academy. The pillars of my academy are basketball, leadership, character and service, and instilling those things into our next generation gives me a lot of joy because it makes a huge impact in their lives.”
In recognition of her efforts, the WNBA and State Farm are donating $5,000 to the United Way and Athletes in Action.
The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the players that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. Please visitwnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.