WNBA All-Star Alana Beard will lead the Oakland WNBA crew’s possession group


October 27, 2021, Oakland, CA – WNBA Champion and four-time WNBA All-Star Alana Beard has partnered with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG) to bring a WNBA franchise to Oakland. Attorney Jade Smith-Williams of the law firm Baily & Glasser, LLP has also joined the group as counsel. AASEG will host a press conference on Thursday, October 28th at 10 a.m. PT to share updates on the proposal and schedule.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to bring a WNBA team to Oakland,” said Beard. “AASEG has done an incredible job of getting us to this point and has received tremendous support from influencers in the local community. I am confident that our vision, passion and combined efforts will lead to the return of professional basketball in Oakland. “

Beard, who played in the WNBA for 15 years and was named Defensive Player of the Year in a row, will lead the Oakland WNBA ownership process. Smith-Williams was a local Oakland basketball legend and played professional overseas. Your law firm will advise the group on property rights prosecution.

Beard and Smith-Williams will work closely with Oakland locals Shonda Scott and Samantha Wise, savvy African American businesswomen, and members of the AASEG. Scott is the owner and CEO of 360 Total Concept, a second generation business owner in Oakland, and was a standout player at Holy Names High School in Oakland. A native of Oakland, Wise is an accomplished entrepreneur, community leader, popular podcast host, and utility company leader.

Beard is also in talks with several other prominent African American women along with the AASEG to join the process soon. AASEG expects the league to begin assessing markets for expansion teams very soon. However, as highlighted in several local and national media reports, the city of Oakland is proving that it is overwhelmed by bringing a team to Oakland.


Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan has been a major supporter of the WNBA after Oakland for over a decade.

“Our Bay Area community values ​​social justice,” Kaplan said in a telephone interview. “She values ​​equality and women’s rights. It advocates the principle that black lives matter and leadership; Leading black women is important. “

In a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and COO Christy Hedgpeth, AASEG highlighted the essential and important advances they have already made through unanimous votes by the Oakland City Council, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Joint Powers Authority Commission . in approving a term sheet paving the way for an Oakland WNBA team to play their home games in the historic and centrally located Oakland Arena.

The AASEG is able to not only bring a WNBA team to Oakland, but also provide resources to girls and women across the Bay Area. The latest examples of AASEG’s social commitment are:

– In August of that year, they helped the James Logan girls’ college basketball team purchase their own shooting machine after they were denied use of the boy’s basketball team’s shooting machine.

– In October and through November, they donated over 1,000 gym bags to families and youth sports organizations across the city including: Arroyo Viejo Park, Youth Uprising, The Native American Health Center, San Antonio Park, DeFremery Park, and Raimondi Area.

The WNBA has achieved one of its most beloved spots since its inception, and the WNBA is very closely associated with Oakland as the leader of the social justice platform. Alicia Garza, co-founder of the International Black Lives Matter Movement, as well as Gina Johnson Lillard, Regional Director for Western Region of Mothers of Professional Basketball and mother of NBA superstar Damian Lillard, have also joined the chorus of strong supporters for this professional sports company, which is run by African American women.

Alana Beard will be joined by Jade Smith-Williams, Alicia Garza, Shonda Scott, Samantha Wise, Rebecca Kaplan, and others during a virtual press conference on Thursday, October 28 at 10 a.m. PT.


PICTURED: Ray Bobbitt and Rebecca Kaplan

Article based on press release from AASEG to ZENNIE62MEDIA, Inc.

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