Beard Leads Ownership Group for Oakland WNBA Proposal
DURHAM – Former Duke National Player of the Year and WNBA Champion Alana Beard has teamed up with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG) in a bid to bring a WNBA franchise to Oakland, California.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to help bring a WNBA team to Oakland,” said Beard. “The AASEG has done an incredible job of getting us to this point and has garnered tremendous support from influencers in the local community. I hope our vision, passion and collective efforts will lead to the return of basketball. -professional ball in Oakland. “
A 15-year WNBA veteran and 4-time WNBA All-Star, Beard will lead the Oakland WNBA ownership process. Lawyer Jade Smith-Williams, a local Oakland women’s basketball legend and former professional player, will advise the group on their quest for ownership.
Beard, a back-to-back WNBA Defensive Player of the Year selection, along with Smith-Williams will work closely with Oakland natives Shonda Scott and Samantha Wise, and members of AASEG. Beard and AASEG are also in talks with several other prominent African American women to join the process soon.
AASEG is uniquely positioned to not only bring a WNBA team to Oakland, but also to bring resources to girls and women across the Bay Area.
Beard, who graduated from Duke in 2004, was the first Blue Devil women’s basketball star to remove her jersey. She is Duke’s all-time top scorer with 2,687 points, 2003 and 2004 National Player of the Year, three-time ACC Player of the Year, three-time Kodak All-American and three-time Associated Press All-American . She led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Final Four in 2002 and 2003 and helped win four straight ACC titles.