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Netball America Night with the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks


Netball America announced today they will return to Los Angeles STAPLES Center to showcase a popular global sport ‘Netball’ in front of 14,000 WNBA Los Angeles Sparks fans on Saturday September 10th at starting at 4.30pm. A highlight will be having S7 American Idol finalist Michael Johns performing the anthem at 4.30pm. This event will present some of the nation’s top Netball athletes and youth development players joining together in Netball demonstrations before and during the Sparks game.

Los Angeles, CA, September 08, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The Los Angeles Sparks are proud to partner with Netball America to increase awareness of the sport, demonstrate the game to their fans, and promote participation.

“Even though in other countries Netball and Basketball may be in competition– this is not the case in America. Netball is competing with newer sports trying to make their way into USA education curriculums. The typical American has never even seen a Netball court and if you say the word ‘Netball’ you get a strange look! So partnering with WNBA teams and other US organizations is giving Netball in America well deserved exposure. Netball America’s recent partnerships to implement its education programs into 400+ New York City Housing Authority community centers and Miami-Dade County’s 300+ Miami schools, is what is now, after having Netball in the USA for over 30 years, finally getting Americans playing the sport,” said Ros Day, Netball America Vice President of Education.

"I'm excited to support Netball America, and they are to be congratulated for their recent awards from the Womens' Sports Foundation, and, of course, to perform at such an iconic venue such as STAPLES Center," said Michael Johns.

At this event, Netball America and its Platinum Sponsor, GARED® will be debuting its first Netball equipment made in the USA. “Netball America is proud to partner with GARED® as a Platinum Sponsor for our showcase events as well as our official supplier of Netball posts. GARED® will be one of an exclusive group that will have the unique opportunity to create brand affinity through direct association at a variety of sporting and education events,” said Sonya Ottaway, President Netball America.

Netball America is sponsoring 100 youth from the Kids In Sports Foundation to attend the showcase. “We are honored to have Kids in Sports participate in the upcoming Netball America Night with the Sparks. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to learning more about how Netball can be incorporated into programs such as ours,” said Executive Director Elva Sandoval, Kids in Sports LA.

Kids In Sports (KIS) is a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to provide high quality, low cost, sports opportunities for underserved youth while inspiring community and family involvement through the formation and management of sports clubs across Los Angeles County. KIS was created in 1994 with seed funding from the LA84 Foundation, which was created with surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Games. The KIS model is a legacy of the Olympic Games and its spirit of volunteer cooperation. Approx. 2,500 of the more than 8,000 athletes participating in KIS clubs are girls who are served by a focused G.I.R.L.S (Girls In Recreation, Leadership and Sports) Program which gives them their own separate and nurturing environment in which to play. To learn more please visit KIS at www.kidsinsportsla.org.

Press, sponsor or volunteer inquires are invited via email at info@netballamerica.com.

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Netball is similar to basketball although there is no dribbling, no backboard, the ball and basket are slightly smaller, and players are designated to certain areas of the court. Netball is an all inclusive sport, can be played by females and males of all ages, and a wide range of positions allows for different skill levels.

Netball America is a not-for-profit (501c(3)) association committed to the promotion of Netball throughout the United States. Netball America currently has members located in 26 states across the USA and is the premier national Netball organization dedicated to the development and growth of Netball in the USA with an emphasis on participation, individual progress, team unity, good health and education of youth. Netball America seeks to have Netball included into the core curriculum of educational systems throughout the USA. Supporters of Netball America are encouraged to volunteer at exhibition events and we welcome further inquiries and new members at info@netballamerica.com.
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Sonya Ottaway
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