Re: [rice-for-president] U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Receive 2007 WNBA Inspiration Award
- Good article, Sarah. Great news.I hope Condi gets some good TV coverage out of it - get people thinking "Now, why isn't Condi running for President?"Here's a link to the WNBA web-page on that
http://www.wnba.com/allstar2007/news/rice_070710.html?rss=trueAlso they've got a nice photo of Condi too -
rjcondistor85 <sarahj_1010@...> wrote:NEW YORK, July 10, 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
will be the recipient of the 2007 WNBA Inspiration Award, WNBA
President Donna Orender announced today.
Secretary Rice will receive the WNBA award, which recognizes an
individual who inspires others through her commitment and dedication
to work, family and community, at the league's second annual All-Star
Salute: Inspiring Women Luncheon presented by Meridian, on Friday,
July 13 in Washington, D.C.
The Luncheon, for which the league has partnered with Meridian winery
to host more than 300 prominent people in politics, business,
entertainment and sports, is part of the All-Star festivities, which
culminate with the 2007 WNBA All-Star Game on Sunday, July 15, 3:30
pm ET and televised by ABC.
"Whether on the basketball court, the soccer field or the golfing
greens, women athletes move our country forward with each play. They
play an important role, as models for athletic success, but also as
citizen ambassadors and mentors for so many young girls around the
world who dare to dream of more," said Secretary Rice. "I have no
doubt that when history books tell the story of inspirational women,
there will be tales of our women athletes and their teamwork, their
leadership, their discipline and their perseverance. "
"Inspiration is a powerful and emotional force that fans of all ages
have," said Orender. "The WNBA is about celebrating motivation and
inspiration, and this season we wanted to recognize an outstanding
individual who exhibits these traits and ignites the dreams and
aspirations of women nationwide. Secretary Rice is the ultimate
example of a positive role model to young people who strive to do
great things, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to
recognize her accomplishments. "
Meridian will also host similar luncheons in select WNBA cities
throughout the summer to honor inspiring women making significant
impacts in their communities.
About Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Dr. Condoleezza Rice became Secretary of State on January 26, 2005.
Prior to this, she was the Assistant to the President for National
Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security
Advisor, since January 2001.
In June 1999, she completed a 6-year tenure as Stanford University's
Provost, during which she was the institution' s chief budget and
academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a $1.5 billion
annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty
members and 14,000 students.
As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford
faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors --
the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the
1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished
Born November 14, 1954, in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her
bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa,
from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the
University Of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate
School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has
been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the
University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995,
the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College
School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan
State University in 2004, and Boston College in 2006. She resides in
At its core, the WNBA is about the game of basketball played at the
highest level by the world's top female players and delivered in a
fun, affordable, family-oriented atmosphere. But the power and the
essence of the league extends far beyond the arena as the WNBA also
promotes the inspirational efforts of those who believe in and
support women through its series of "Inspiring Women" events that
recognize uniquely inspirational women at the local level.
Now in its second decade of play, the WNBA features comprehensive
national television coverage. ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise
up to 36 games nationally during the 2007 regular season and
playoffs. Highlighting ESPN2's 16 regular season telecasts is the
second straight year of "WNBA Tuesdays", which includes 5
doubleheaders and WNBA action on 11 of 14 Tuesday nights in-season.
NBA TV will complement ABC and ESPN2's coverage by televising 70
regular season and up to nine playoff games.
In 2006, the WNBA concluded its historic tenth season with an action-
packed WNBA Playoffs. The 2006 WNBA Finals capped a playoff run in
which the WNBA saw significant increases in attendance and
viewership. The Finals, which aired live on ESPN2, saw the Detroit
Shock top the Sacramento Monarchs in the first WNBA Finals match up
ever to go to a fifth and deciding game.
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