PHOENIX _ As part of the national platform, WNBA Pride, presented by COVERGIRL, the Phoenix Mercury will host Pride Night when they take on the Tulsa Shock on Friday, June 20 at US Airways Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
"As one of the WNBA's founding teams, we are excited to celebrate equality and inclusion on Pride Night," said Phoenix Mercury President, Jason Rowley. "Sports remind us of our similarities, not our differences. This platform is one of many ways we support our community and reinforces our commitment to diversity and acceptance."
As part of the organization's commitment to equality, Rowley will sign the UNITY Pledge during the game. Created by ONE Community, an interactive web and events community for LGBT and allied individuals and businesses, the UNITY Pledge is a public declaration to support and advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for LGBT individuals and their allies in Arizona.
The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a special double-sided "Pride Night" placard that will include the statement: "Proud of_____". Fans can fill in their placard at each entrance of the arena. An image of the Pride Night placard is attached.
Throughout the evening, the Mercury will recognize several community leaders and organizations that support the LGBT community and encourage equality. In addition, the team will host two auctions to benefit local LGBT organizations. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive Pride gear inside US Airways Center, and then on additional items such as a WNBA All-Star ticket package during a post-game silent auction at Bliss/Rebar in downtown Phoenix.
"Every day in the news we see that inclusion is the new standard for our society, and every day we see more and more people reject prejudice and anything that would divide us," said Phoenix Mercury center, Brittney Griner. "I'm proud to be a part of the WNBA and NBA family that has chosen to embrace the LGBT community, not just for the out athletes like me, but also the allies and fans who love them."
The WNBA is the first professional sports league to establish an integrated marketing, media, grassroots and social responsibility program for the LGBT community including a new special site, WNBA.com/pride where league and team Pride content, events and schedules will be posted throughout the season.
Tickets are still available for the Mercury's matchup against the Tulsa Shock on Friday, June 20 at US Airways Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. And, don't forget, this summer the Mercury and US Airways Center host Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 on July 19. Season tickets, ticket packs, All-Star ticket packs, and single-game tickets are available now on PhoenixMercury.com.