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Charlotte Sting Guard Helen Darling Helps Habitat for Humanity

November 6, 2006 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Charlotte Sting News Release

Charlotte, NC (November, 2006)- This fall Charlotte Sting guard Helen Darling will hang up her jersey and put on a nail apron as she helps to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (Habitat Charlotte). Darling has chosen to intern at Habitat Charlotte through a program designed by the WNBA, providing players to various non-profits during the off season.

"I grew up in the same household my entire life and I know the importance of having one place to call home," said Darling. As a participant in this program, Darling will assist the Habitat Charlotte staff with its various fundraising efforts. One of those efforts includes the Habitat Holiday Card Program. "The program is simple and easy. People can send in a list of names and addresses with a minimum $10 donation and I'll send a Habitat Holiday Card to everyone on the list informing them that a donation to Habitat Charlotte was made in their honor."

Although Darling may be used to facing challenges on the court, her current challenge involves organizing several Habitat initiatives with homeowners as well as raising funds to provide more homes for deserving families. "Building homes for Habitat is very similar to being on a basketball team because it takes the entire team to accomplish the same goal. Working as a team for an organization that builds homes is one of those rare experiences where you can watch families build their way into homeownership."

While Darling is excited about raising funds during the off season, the Habitat Staff and volunteers are thrilled to have the 5'6" guard around the office. "This unique partnership with the Charlotte Sting has been a true inspiration to our volunteers as well as homeowners," said Bert Green, executive director of Habitat Charlotte. "We look forward to future partnerships with the Sting."

About Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1983 and has built 695 homes.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About the Charlotte Sting

One of the original teams in the WNBA, the Charlotte Sting celebrated their 10th Anniversary in 2006. Led by Head Coach Muggsy Bogues and featuring some of the top women's basketball players in the world, the Charlotte Sting play their home contests in the state-of-the-art Charlotte Bobcats Arena located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. The Sting play a 34-game schedule that runs from May until August. For more information on the Charlotte Sting please visit www.CharlotteSting.com.


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