Agnes Scott Athletics Unveil New Partnership with WNBA's Atlanta Dream

Monday, April 26, 2021

Atlanta—Agnes Scott College Athletics has officially entered into a partnership agreement with the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as announced on Saturday afternoon, April 24, 2021.

Woodruff Athletic Complex, home to the Scotties' six NCAA Division III athletic programs, will become the official practice facility for the Atlanta Dream for the 2021 WNBA season.

"We are excited the Atlanta Dream have chosen Agnes Scott as their home and welcome them to campus, and to the greater Decatur community," said Agnes Scott director of athletics Markesha M. Henderson. "This collaboration provides an opportunity to elevate women's sports on all levels and is just the starting point for what I see as a future growth for both of our organizations."

The partnership has been in the works for the better part of three years, but the Dream's commitment to speaking out about equity and justice initiatives aligned perfectly with the vision Agnes Scott's new athletic director has for the department moving forward.

"The WNBA and the Dream were at the forefront of conversations about racial equity and social justice last summer," said Henderson. "This is nothing new though, as WNBA players have a history of advocacy for women's sports and social issues, and have used their platform effectively to call for change."

The Dream's continued commitment to social justice was apparent when former UConn and Dream star Renee Montgomery headlined a group of investors to buy the team from its previous ownership group. Montgomery sat out of the 2020 season—played in the "Wubble" at IMG Academy in Florida—instead devoting her time working on social justice reform off of the court, before ultimately retiring in February.

As the Dream begin to move into their new home, Henderson is not viewing the partnership as merely a vendor-tenant relationship.

"It is our mission to be leaders in conversations regarding equity and justice on our own campus and in NCAA Division III at large," urged Henderson. "We want that commitment to be reflected in all of our partnerships and the Dream is a premier sports franchise that models the way."

Henderson recently led a team, alongside associate director of athletics Shinade Ramirez, to create the R.E.S.T. Area for Athletes (Race & Equity in Sports Training)—a program that promotes healthy and healing conversations about race in society—which had its first training during Division III Week in early April. The Scotties will continue their work in equity and inclusion and leverage their new partnership with the Dream to collaborate on future efforts, starting with state-wide voter registration and mobilization initiatives.

More information regarding outreach and partnership initiatives will be released at a future date.

The Atlanta Dream will tip off their 14th season in May with home games occurring at their freshly minted home the Gateway Center Arena in College Park.