The WNBA Commissioner’s Cup competition is in its second year, but this season, teams are playing for more than bragging rights and a trophy. The league and teams are collaborating with organizations in each market that are tied to voting in the communities, and for each Commissioner’s Cup regular season game, the WNBA is donating $2,000 to the winning team’s chosen organization and an additional $500 to the losing team’s chosen organization.
To spotlight the Championship Game, the league will also donate $10,000 to the winning team’s organization and $5,000 to the organization of the runner-up. The accumulated donation dollars will be presented to each organization at the conclusion of the Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase.
“Voting rights are under attack in many states across this country, as more than 500 bills that restrict voting access have been introduced in state legislatures over the last two years alone,” said Aces President Nikki Fargas. “These new laws disproportionately impact communities of color, which is why we are excited to announce that we are partnering with ACLU Nevada for the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup.
“ACLU Nevada and the Las Vegas Aces both believe that ‘when Nevadans vote, democracy wins.’ Voting is the foundation of our democracy, and we are proud to stand alongside the ACLU of Nevada as they work to protect that right.”
“The state of Nevada in recent years has become a national leader in voting rights, but our state is now fighting back targeted attempts to take us backward by making it harder to access elections, by undermining and threatening our election officials, and by spreading misinformation and sowing distrust in our election processes,” said ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Athar Haseebullah. “The Las Vegas Aces are a pillar of our community, and we’re so grateful to have their support in this fight.
“The freedom to vote is the foundation of our democracy, and the ACLU of Nevada will continue working to protect that right each election. Our dedicated attorneys and advocates will monitor potential issues at the polls and make sure our community has the information they need to participate each step of the way.”
The ACLU of Nevada is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to protect and expand civil rights and liberties for all people in the Silver State. It works through policy advocacy, public education, and even litigation to make sure all eligible voters have access to the ballot. Community members who would like to get involved can make a donation or join the union at aclunv.org/join.
The Aces are 2-0 in Commissioner’s Cup play so far this season, which means the WNBA has already donated $4,000 to ACLU Nevada and the cause of preserving voting rights in the Silver State. Las Vegas has three Cup games on the docket over the next two weeks beginning with Tuesday’s 7 pm PT tip against the Phoenix Mercury at Michelob ULTRA Arena.
The 2022 Commissioner’s Cup Hub is live on WNBA.com, complete with a leaderboard that highlights the teams’ charities and donations.
Launched in 2021 as part of the league’s 25th season, the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup presented by Coinbase is an in-season competition that designates a portion of regular-season conference games in the first half of the season (10 per team) as “Commissioner’s Cup games.” The event provides added incentive, with a half million dollars on the line for players, and offers fans enhanced conference rivalry competition through which to support their favorite teams.