This week marked the opening of the 22nd year for the WNBA. To kick off the season, the organization launched Take a Seat, Take a Stand, an initiative that gives back to women and girls.
Here’s how it works…when fans “take a seat” at a WNBA game, they will also have the chance to support several organizations that are “changing the game for women and girls.” For each ticket purchased, the WNBA will donate $5 to one of six organizations of the fans’ choosing in addition to a ticket 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. Fans can also choose to donate tickets directly to one of the organizations.
The six national partner organizations for “Take a Seat, Take a Stand,” selected for their advocacy on behalf of girls and women, are:
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
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.
In addition to these organizations, fans will also have the choice to support local organizations in all 12 teams’ communities, which will vary by city.
“For 22 years, the WNBA and its players – women playing at the highest level of their sport – have stood up as role models for millions of women and girls,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a company press release. “With Take a Seat, Take a Stand, we are proud to come together as a league to stand with our partner organizations, our fans and the many inspiring women raising their voices for change in the current women’s movement.”
For tickets and more info visit WNBA.