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Dallas Wings host the GEM Dream Team’s first kickoff

Dallas Wings host the GEM Dream Team’s first kickoff

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May 10, 2024 – National Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA)
Dallas Wings News Report

Arlington, TX – The Dallas Wings will host the first GEM Dream Team Kickoff on Saturday afternoon at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. The GEM (Girls Empowered by Mavericks) program was created by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks to engage, inspire and empower young women by using physical activity as a backdrop to their development and success.

The GEM Dream Team consists of 12 girls, ages 8 to 13, who were nominated by the Dallas Mavericks in recognition of their participation in youth basketball, especially with the Mavs’ GEM programming. Throughout the season, the GEM Dream Team will have access to exclusive experiences and opportunities to connect with Dallas Wings players, coaches and front office executives. These and other benefits, such as a full scholarship to the 2024 Wings Summer Camp, are intended to provide additional mentorship and guidance to this select group of future leaders.

The day’s festivities begin at 12:30 PM CT, when the GEM Dream Team will observe a Dallas Wings preseason practice. From there, the girls will have a meet and greet with the Wings players and staff, including Head Coach Latricia Trammell and Dallas Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb.

Following time with the Wings, the GEM Dream Team will be formally announced at a press conference, where the girls will sign their team contracts, receive jerseys and hats and pose for photo opportunities.

The Dallas Wings and Dallas Mavericks announced a unique sponsorship last summer, as the Wings became the first WNBA team to sign a major deal with an NBA franchise operating under a different ownership group. The Dallas Mavericks’ GEM logo will appear on the stomach of Wings player jerseys for all home and road games during the multi-year agreement.

In addition to featuring the GEM logo on the jerseys, Wings players and coaches are fully integrated into GEM’s year-round programming, reaching more than 3,000 girls in North Texas annually, including Saturday’s Dream Team Kickoff . Offerings include basketball camps, health and wellness clinics presented by UT Southwestern, financial empowerment courses presented by TIAA, and workshops focused on how sports can play a critical role in shaping leadership skills, inclusion and academic success.

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