2014 USA Women’s National Team To Conduct Pair of Youth Clinics, Visit With Midshipmen During Three-Day Annapolis Training Camp
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The USA Basketball Women’s National Team is set to tip-off its training for the 2014 FIBA World Championship Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where the team will also conduct two clinics for local youths, as well as visit and lunch with the USNA Midshipmen on Sept. 9 as part of USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program. USA National Team members, led by head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut), will begin training at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 8 and at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 9 and 10 at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Halsey Gym.
On Sept. 9, the USA Basketball National Team will have a chance to watch the USNA Midshipmen gather into their noon meal formation outside of Bancroft Hall and proceed in formation to King Hall. The U.S. squad will then spend time visiting while eating lunch with the Midshipmen at King Hall.
Later in the day the USA National Team will split up to conduct two USA Basketball Youth Development Clinics at 5 p.m. (EDT), both of which will offer instruction on skills and fundamentals to local youths. Half of the USA Women’s National Team, along with half of the U.S. Naval Academy’s women’s basketball team, will participate in a clinic at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County with approximately 75-100 children, while each team’s remaining players and coaches will take part in a clinic for approximately 30 children of U.S. Navy personnel in partnership with the Moral, Welfare and Recreation Department.
“A goal of USA Basketball’s youth development initiative is to get more young people playing the game; to re-engage and re-energize youth to participate in the sport,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director, when USA Basketball’s schedule of summer youth clinics were first announced on July 28. “We feel one of the ways to do this is through these youth clinics. USA Basketball wants to connect with basketball players of all skill levels to promote, grow and elevate the game. At the end of the day, our mission is to make basketball the most user-friendly and successful sport in the country.”
“Our players and coaches have always been devoted to community and service with young kids,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women's National Team Director. “This is a natural extension of our Hoops for Troops program to engage with local youth and military families. We’re proud to be in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the U.S. Navy MWR. Clearly the benefit of participation is not just with the young basketball players, but our athletes and coaches also come away fulfilled and inspired.”
Athletes invited to participate in the USA training camp in hopes of being named to the 2014 USA World Championship Team include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Bria Hartley (Washington Mystics), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx).
Athletes listed above who are not participating in the WNBA Finals will train Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. WNBA teams still in the hunt for this season’s championship include the Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever in the East and Phoenix Mercury in the West.
The USA National Team training camp roster includes three-time (2004, 2008, 2012) Olympic gold medalists Bird, Catchings and Taurasi; two-time Olympic gold medalists (2008, 2012) Augustus, Fowles and Parker; as well as 2012 Olympic gold medalists Charles, Moore, McCoughtry and Whalen.
Bird and Catchings have won two FIBA World Championship gold medals (2002, 2010); while Charles, Dupree, Fowles, McCoughtry, Moore and Whalen captured FIBA World Championship gold in 2010; and Augustus, Bird, Catchings, Parker and Thompson played on the 2006 USA World Championship Team that returned with the bronze medal.
The FIBA World Championship will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.
The USA team will follow its training in Annapolis with a pair of exhibition contests during its domestic training. The first game is the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Showcase, a Red versus White intrasquad game scheduled for Sept. 11 (7 p.m. EDT) at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
Traveling up the coast to Bridgeport, Connecticut, the USA will train Sept. 14 alongside 2013 FIBA Americas Championship silver medalist Canada in Bridgeport, prior to the two teams squaring off in a Sept. 15 exhibition contest (7 p.m. EDT) at Webster Bank Arena.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center box office, by calling 302-831-2257 or online via ticketmaster.com; while tickets for the USA-Canada contest can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via www.websterbankarena.com.
ESPN2 will televise both USA Basketball Women’s National Team exhibition games, and both games will also available on WatchESPN.
Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20 and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.
From there, the Americans will head to Prague, Czech Republic, for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.
Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.
The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 male and female players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 262-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships (FIBA Basketball World Cup for Men, FIBA World Championship for Women); men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) offers youth from the ages of six to eighteen with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs reach out to kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs. The Clubs are open every day after school and during the summer, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets. Dues are low, averaging $20 per school year. BGCAA's six Clubs can be found throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and serve thousands of youth each year. BGCAA is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Movement, which has provided hope and opportunity to those who need it most for more than 100 years. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started every day. Learn more at www.BGCAA.org.