Aug
13
2010

ATLANTA, GA– Locally based nonprofit organization, Girl Talk and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream have teamed up to host a sleepover to inspire middle school girls. The event will be held at Phillips Arena on Friday, August 13 following the Atlanta Dream game at 7 pm. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has generously stepped up to help sponsor the event, promoting a fun and healthy lifestyle for teenage girls.

“We hope that the sleepover event exemplifies the missions of all of the participating organizations (Girl Talk, the Atlanta Dream, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Miss Universe Organization) by empowering young women and girls to believe in themselves enough to make the good choices needed to live a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Girl Talk Founder & Executive Director Haley Kilpatrick. “We hope that the middle school girls who attend will be able to find positive role models through the Atlanta Dream players and high school Girl Talk mentors that will be volunteering.”

More than 300 girls have registered for the sleepover, which includes a ticket to the Atlanta Dream basketball game plus appearances by Dream players and the Shooting Stars cheer team; two Girl Talk Lessons (Dreaming Big and The Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking); an interactive game on making healthy choices presented by Girl Talk partner, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility; and a visit by the newly crowned Miss Teen USA. The night will end with a movie and sleepover on the Atlanta Dream basketball court at Philips Arena.

“With back to school just around the corner, we couldn’t have partnered with a more positive and uplifting organization for this event,” said Dream account executive Lauren Brooks, who coordinated the event. “We hope the night will inspire the girls to not only live a healthy, active lifestyle but also realize the importance of empowering mentoring programs like Girl Talk.”

Based in Atlanta, Girl Talk is proud to have partners like the Atlanta Dream, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Miss Universe Organization who share similar missions to work together and plan events like the sleepover for teens in the Atlanta Community.

Effective mentoring programs can be a crucial part of helping a girl set goals for the future and develop a positive self image. “Girl Talk and the Atlanta Dream believe that through mentoring, leadership and positive female role models, we can help make a difference in the lives of young women,” Kilpatrick said. “We hope that this event will truly empower the young women in the Atlanta area.”

About Girl Talk Based in Atlanta, Girl Talk is a national nonprofit peer-to-peer mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with high school girls, who serve as leaders. Girl Talk’s mentoring program offers fun, positive weekly meetings, community service projects and friendship building activities. Girl Talk is a student to student mentoring program that pairs middle school girls with high school girls who serve as mentors. Weekly meetings are held before or after school, during which the high school "Leader" conducts valuable lessons that address issues middle school girls face every day. Girl Talk reaches more than 30,000 girls in 39 states. Girl Talk’s mission is simple; to help young teenage girls build self esteem, leadership skills and recognize the value of community service.

About the Atlanta Dream
The Atlanta Dream enters its third season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the world’s longest-running women’s professional sports league featuring 12 teams. The Dream kicked off the 2010 season in May, with regular season games running through August 22 at Philips Arena. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AtlantaDream.net, at www.TicketMaster.com or by calling 1-877-977-7729.

About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. Founded in 1991 and funded by distillers, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national, independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

About the Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of nonprofits including Girl Talk, Best Buddies, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Gilda’s Club.

Contact: 

Erin Patterson
erin@desiretoinspire.org
(404) 442-5605