The Year of Women’s Basketball, an 18-month project created by FIBA Europe to promote women’s basketball, will officially be introduced and begin at the EuroLeague Women’s All-Star game on March 8, 2006 in Pecs, Hungary.
The 18-month project will feature various activities and promotional campaigns that will take place in order to raise awareness of women’s basketball, recruit more players and increase female participation in all areas such as coaching, refereeing and administration.
“The Year of Women’s Basketball is a unique project and cause,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
“We are fortunate to have a large number of the most talented women’s basketball players in the world competing on our continent. Women’s basketball has come a long way since its early years. We are hoping that a sustained promotional and educational campaign will lead to even greater awareness and participation of women’s basketball.”
During the opening of the event at the EuroLeague Women’s All-Star game, the official Year of Women’s Basketball logo will be unveiled, the player ambassador for the project will be presented and other promotional activities will take place.
The March 8th date for the official opening of the Year of Women’s Basketball also marks International Women’s Day.
Throughout the project, the Year of Women’s Basketball will be promoted at FIBA Europe events and at a more localised level through collaboration with national federations. Various organisational clinics, conferences and educational activities will be held throughout the duration of the project.
In 2006, there will be nine major international women’s basketball events in Europe, which include six National Team youth competitions, the EuroLeague Women’s All-Star game, the EuroLeague Women’s Final Four and the EuroCup Women’s finals.
The Year of Women’s Basketball will officially close at the 2007 EuroBasket Women in Italy.
A section on the FIBA Europe web site completely dedicated to the Year of Women’s Basketball will be updated periodically with news and features centred on the theme of women’s basketball.
For more information, contact:
FIBA Europe Communications Department
Phone: +49-89-780-608-500 / Fax: +49-89-780-608-509