July 11, 2013 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - New York Liberty
NEW YORK, NY - New York Liberty forward Katie Smith received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm, the league announced Thursday. Smith was recognized for her work in the community during the month of June, participating in various events focused on promoting physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.
In recognition of Smith\'s efforts, the WNBA and State Farm are donating $5,000 to The Garden of Dreams Foundation on her behalf.
Smith\'s passion to promote healthy and active lifestyles is demonstrated through her efforts both on and off the court. Smith and Liberty teammates have hosted several events throughout this season, including a Dads and Daughters Day and fitness clinic to teach basketball fundamentals and the value of exercise.
"I am honored to receive this award, and gratefully share it with the people who have given me so much support over the years," said Smith. "I am very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and it is great to inspire others to do the same through our clinics and community appearances. Giving back to the community helps me see that this world is bigger than basketball and gives me the chance to help make it a better place."
A 14-year veteran, Smith is the oldest player in the WNBA at 39, but possesses an unrivaled dedication to staying fit and on top of her game. The all-time leading scorer in women\'s professional basketball is also currently pursuing a Master\'s degree in dietetics at Ohio State University.
In addition to hosting a series of fitness and healthy living clinics this past May and June, Smith joined 30 local schoolchildren for a tour of the Brooklyn Children\'s Museum to inspire educational discovery and social development.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is nonprofit charity that works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Liberty, Knicks, the Rangers, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse, to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.
The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the players that best reflects the WNBA\'s passion to make a difference in the community. Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.