WNBPA announces charities to receive grants based on WNBA fines

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Earlier this week, the WNBPA announced that four charitable organizations will receive grants which are based on fines levied by the league from the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Girls Who Code, the United Nations Shot@Life Campaign, the Greater Houston Community Foundation for Hurricane Harvey relief and the Southern Poverty Law Center are the organizations slated to receive grants – each in the amount of $35,000.

ESPN’s Kavitha A. Davidson is reporting per the WNBA’s collective bargaining agreement with its players’ union, half of funds collected via fines and suspensions will be donated to charities chosen by the union with approval from the league.

Essentially, the agreement allows the WNBPA to turn words into action and player advocacy into philanthropy.

–WNBPA president Nneka Ogwumike in statement to ESPN

The other half will go to charities the league chooses and the union gives its thumbs up to.

By: Akiem Bailum (@AkiemBailum on Twitter, Instagram)

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