Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Dream will kick off a series of free basketball camps on June 24 and 25 for girls ages 6-14 at Epps Gymnasium, home of the Clark Atlanta University Panthers. The camp, sponsored by Microsoft, is designed to apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to basketball and sports.
CAU was selected as one of the sites to host the camp this summer in conjunction with a year-round community engagement partnership with the Atlanta Dream. The Clark Atlanta women’s basketball team and CAU STEM faculty will volunteer and engage with the camp participants.
“Basketball opens the door to many possibilities, and we are excited to support the Atlanta Dream as they use sports to inspire young girls to pursue future careers in STEM,” said Tony Bailey, head women’s basketball coach at Clark Atlanta University.
Microsoft’s STEM programming, Power Her Dreams, is an innovative curriculum that includes science and math modules, basketball skill-building, ballhandling drills, and a scrimmage. Campers will rotate stations and have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with Atlanta Dream players.
For more information about Power Her Dreams, visit dream.wnba.com.
About Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing, “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank
Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.
About the Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream, founded in 2008, is a professional basketball team of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Led by Head Coach Tanisha Wright, they compete in the Eastern Conference and play at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA. The Dream has enjoyed 3 conference titles in team history. In 2022 Rhyne Howard was named Rookie of the Year, the first Dream player to achieve the honor since Angel McCoughtry in 2009. To learn more about the Atlanta Dream, visit www.dream.wnba.com.