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Atlanta Dream star is having a bundle of joy 🍼

ATLANTA – Third-year Atlanta Dream guard Bria Holmes released the following statement Tuesday:

“Unfortunately, I will have to miss the 2018 season because I’m expecting but I plan to return to the Dream in 2019 stronger, healthier and ready to play. As a female professional athlete, it is hard to start a family while playing year-round but this little human inside of me is truly a blessing to me, my family, and my boyfriend. I’m so happy and thankful I can continue my career after my bundle of joy is here. To my coaches, teammates, staff, & fans I want to thank you so much for all your support and help since I was drafted in 2016 and wish everyone good luck this season – I’ll be cheering you all on! One Dream, One Team.”

Atlanta Dream first-year Head Coach Nicki Collen said: “While I am certainly disappointed Bria won’t be in a Dream uniform this summer, as a mother of three, I also wish to congratulate her on starting her own family. This league is about celebrating the female athlete and everything that it entails. Bria is a big part of the Dream family and we will welcome her back in 2019.”

Atlanta Dream, “I Have A Dream” Contest

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will host its annual “I Have a Dream” essay contest beginning Wednesday, December 20th, to recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta-area students are asked to submit 300-500 word essays expressing their dream job or dream college.

The contest, which will run until Monday, January 29th, will be judged by a panel including Atlanta Dream president, Theresa Wenzel, to choose contest winners in three categories – Elementary, Middle School and High School. Each winner will receive tickets to the first 2018 Dream game, be recognized in game and will receive a school visit from the franchise. The High School winner, one boy and one girl, will also be eligible to receive a $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation.

Entering its historic 11th season, the Atlanta Dream has been connected to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the very beginning. The original Circle of Friends, a group that led to the founding of the organization, took the speech in to consideration when naming the franchise.

Essay Contest Details:

Every essay should start with “I have a dream….” From that point, it is up to the student to express his or her dream in 300-500 words. In one paragraph, the student should describe if money wasn’t an issue what your dream job or dream college would be.
The essay submission should be submitted as an attachment and sent to JrDream@atlantadream.net no later than January 29, 2018. All documents should include the student’s first and last name, school, grade, teacher and guardian contact info.
A panel of judges including the president of the Atlanta Dream, Theresa Wenzel, will review the essays and select the winners. Winners will be notified in February.
All participants receive a buy one get one free ticket voucher in the Jr. Dream section to the 2018 Home opener and enrolled as a Jr. Dream member.
Two winners (one girl and one boy) will be selected from elementary, middle, and high school equaling (6) total winners. The (6) winners will be recognized on the court during the home opener. We will share more details when we solidify the game logistics. We will also draw names from all finalists and award them with tickets and prizes.
Winners will receive the following:
Elementary school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
Middle school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
High school: A $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
Contest Timeline:

Submission due date: January 29, 2018

Winners notified: February 12, 2018

The Dream will tip off its historic 11th season at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus. Full schedule will be posted once released by the WNBA.

Alabama is the 2018 National Champions 🏆

Congrats to Alabama on winning the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

In a heartbreaking, loss on last night at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Georgia Bulldogs fell to the Crimson Tide, Alabama  26-23 in overtime.

Freshman receiver DeVonta Smith caught a 41-yard pass from Bama’s backup quarterback  Tua Tagovailoa to clinch  the national championship in overtime.

This is Coach  Nick Saban 5th title in 9 years.

Nick Saban has a total of 6th National Titles tying Bear Bryant for the most titles by a head coach.

 

😥Sad News: Atlanta’s News Icon Amanda Davis has passed away

The Legendary news anchor and Atlanta Icon who spent over three decades of her broadcasting career in Atlanta,  Amanda Davis  passed away at 62.

It was reported by CBS 46, where she worked. That Amanda was at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in Atlanta on Dec. 26 on her way to San Antonio, where she was headed following the death of her stepfather when she suffered a “massive, spontaneous stroke,” She was then rushed to the hospital to undergo treatment, but she tragically died around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday .

She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. Amanda’s family is asking for “privacy at this difficult time.”

Growing up in Atlanta, when I think about African American Women anchors my thought immediately goes to Monica Kaufman, Brenda Woods and Amanda Davis who worked as a reporter at WAGA-TV from 1986 to 2013.

Amanda Davis was a fixture in my home. As a kid growing up in Decatur, Georgia my fondest memories was immediately after  dinner my grandparents would turn on Channel 5 news to see Ms. Davis.

On Wednesday nights I would watch Amanda host the “Wednesday’s Child” segment where I saw a gentler nurturing side of her.  Her compassionate side shined through as she interacted  with the orphaned children all while being  a beacon of hope to attract adoptive parents  who could provide loving permanent and homes for the children in Georgia’s foster care system.

Other memories included her covering Coretta Scott King’s funeral and interviewing President-elect Barack Obama.

When I think of Amanda I think of beauty, courage, class and a resilient soul who rose above her adversity and stood strong within her weakness. With the fight of a lion she overcame and won her battle victoriously!

I will definitely miss Amanda Davis who is not only my inspiration but my motivation! Rest In Peace.🙏

Atlanta Hawks add back to back W after defeating the Wizards

On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards by adding a W to their now two game winning streak.

By the end of the first quarter the Hawks tied the game 29-29.

During the second quarter the Atlanta Hawks fell behind two points, 55-57.

In the third quarter Malcom Delaney delivered an impressive 3 point shot.

By the end of the third quarter the Atlanta Hawks was up by two points.

In the end the Atlanta Hawks flew passed the Wizards with an epic 113-99 win!

The Hawks will matchup in a away game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. Tip off begins at 7:30 pm ET.

Atlanta Dream adds former University of SC assistant coach Darius Taylor to coaching staff

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream has named former University of South Carolina assistant coach Darius Taylor to the same role, announced head coach Nicki Collen Wednesday. Per team policy, terms of Taylor’s contract are not disclosed.

Most recently, Taylor has served as an Advisor for AthLife, Inc., an organization specializing in providing career and education services for professional and post-professional athletes. He also has experience coaching with Dawn Staley at USC and Temple and as the manager of community and player programs for the NBA Developmental League (NBADL).

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Darius and his family to the Atlanta Dream,” Collen said. “Darius is a rising star in this profession and someone who understands winning. From his time in basketball operations with USA Basketball, to working with Dawn Staley at Temple and South Carolina, he has helped produce winning players and teams his entire career.

Mike Petersen Added to Atlanta Dream coaching roster

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Petersen brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to Dream staff

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream has named Mike Petersen as an assistant coach, announced head coach Nicki Collen Thursday. Per team policy, terms of Petersen’s contract are not disclosed.

Petersen brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Dream. A former women’s basketball head coach at North Texas, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, New Mexico State and TCU, Petersen has over 300 career wins leading programs. Most recently, he served as an advanced scout for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mike and his wife Patty to the Atlanta Dream,” Collen said. “In searching for the right balance on my staff, I was looking for someone with a head coaching background. From our very first conversation I knew Mike’s combination of passion, experience, and engaging personality were the right fit for me and our organization.

Atlanta Dream’s Layshia Clarendon, Tiffany Hayes and Angel McCoughtry Named to 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Pool

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 14, 2017) – Headlined by 13 Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, 29 athletes today were named to the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, from which the 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected. The 2017-20 USA National Team pool was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.

The 29 members of the 2017-20 USA National Team roster announced today include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm); Tina Charles (New York Liberty); Layshia Clarendon(Atlanta Dream); Napheesa Collier (Connecticut); Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics); Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings); Stefanie Dolson(Chicago Sky); Asia Durr (Louisville); Sylvia Fowles(Minnesota Lynx); Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury); Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream); Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces); Angel McCoughtry(Atlanta Dream); Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State); Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx); Chiney Ogwumike(Connecticut Sun); Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks); Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces); Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut); Odyssey Sims (Los Angeles Sparks); Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm); Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); Morgan Tuck(Connecticut Sun); Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); Courtney Williams (Connecticut Sun); and A’ja Wilson (South Carolina).

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