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Globally Popular Women's Sport of Netball Debuts at the Staples Center

Netball, one of the most popular women's team sports in the world, will be showcased at the Staples Center. Top Netballer's from around the nation will square off in an exhibition. Netball is a form of basketball that was created in the U.S. and is played by more than 20 million women and girls throughout the world.

Los Angeles, CA, August 30, 2009 --( On Friday, Sept. 11th from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Staples Center will host an exhibition of one of the most popular women’s sports in the world as Netball takes to the court prior to the L.A. Sparks last, regular-season home game of the year.

As part of basketball superstar Lisa Leslie’s final, regular-season home game of her illustrious career, “Netball America Night With The Sparks” will showcase some of the nation’s top Netballer's from the East Coast against a team of West Coast stars in a full game in addition to a ten-minute exhibition prior to tip-off.

An official hoop will be set up in the Concourse for fans to take a shot along with sign-up’s for a Netball camp to be held at Carson’s regulation court in October. A giveaway contest will also be held for 40 girls to attend the camp for free.

“The Sparks have given us a wonderful opportunity to introduce this great sport to their fans,” said Sonya Ottaway, President of Netball America Inc. “For many of us who grew up playing Netball we’re hoping to encourage young girls and women to learn more about the sport and we’re sure they’ll fall in love with it like we have.”

Netball is similar to basketball although there is no dribbling, the ball and basket are slightly smaller, there is no backboard and players are designated to certain areas of the court. The game is fast, fun and can be played by women, men, boys and girls of all ages, sizes and skill levels. Netball is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and a strong push is underway for it’s inclusion as a participation sport.

Netball is widely popular in countries such as England, New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean but is quickly catching on here in the United States with regulation Netball courts scattered throughout the Southland. “The great thing about Netball is that you don’t have to be tall or fast to play it,” says Ottaway. “And with the sport growing so quickly throughout the U.S. it’s giving a lot more women and girls a chance to participate in a sport that relies more on teamwork than natural physical skills.”

Tickets for Netball America Night With The Sparks are $15 / $24 /$55 and include the Sparks game. Tickets are available at Netball For additional details call (949) 307-4455.

Netball supporters expected to attend the Staples Center event include five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe and “American Idol” /“So You Think You Can Dance” producer and judge Nigel Lithgoe.

Press inquires may be directed to Todd Fraser with L.A. Media Inc. at 310.278.2630 or

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Netball America
Sonya Ottaway
(949) 307-4455
Todd Fraser at 310.278.2630 or

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