Helen Darling Receives WNBA Community Assist Award, Names March of Dimes of OH as Beneficiary

March of Dimes
Wednesday, 28 May 2003

During the Cleveland Rockers off-season, Rockers player Helen Darling made a commitment to the community for which she plays by making 35 community appearances in Northeast Ohio from November 2002 to April 2003. If it sounds like a generous use of time, as it would be for most people - for Darling, it was a generous use of precious time. Darling is the mother of one-year-old triplets, Nevaeh, Jalen, and Ja-Juan, and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

During the six month period, Helen touched many young lives as she visited schools to talk about the importance of reading and getting a good education. She held basketball clinics with girls five-years-old to seniors in high school, to teach skills and teamwork, but also to bond and to provide a sense of direction that will put them on the right path for success.

Darling also served as a national spokesperson for the March of Dimes, an organization near and dear to her heart. It was through the March of Dimes that Darling learned what to expect when her triplets arrived six weeks prematurely. That education and support was the beginning of Darling's relationship with the March of Dimes.

Helen Darling's outreach to Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio community made its mark, and on Saturday, May 31st, she will be presented with the 2003 WNBA Community Assist Award in recognition for the passion that she demonstrates for her community. In honor of Helen Darling, the WNBA will donate $500 to the charity of her choice. She has selected the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter to be the beneficiary of the WNBA donation.

The 2003 season will mark Darling's first time back on the professional basketball court with the Rockers since giving birth. She's back in shape and plans to be on top of her game and on the go in the community - with her triplets in tow.

Darling will receive the WNBA Community Assistant Award during a pregame ceremony of the Rockers vs. New York game on Saturday, May 31st at 1:00 p.m. She will present the $500 check to Ohio State Director of the March of Dimes, Sherry Rosenfeld.

For more information, or to contact March of Dimes, see their website at: www.marchofdimes.com

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