The Washington Wizards and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced the return of CareFirst as the sponsor of the "Community Threes" initiative for a sixth consecutive season. For every three-point shot made by a Wizards player this season, CareFirst will donate $100 to City Year Washington, DC. CareFirst’s contribution will be up to $100,000. City Year Washington, DC is an organization committed to improving the health of Washington DC adolescents though school based HIV / AIDS prevention education and training. City Year’s HIV/AIDS Outreach, Prevention and Education Program, known as the CareFirst HOPE Team, partners with the DC Public Schools to teach a CDC approved curriculum to middle and high school students to prevent HIV infection, STDs and teen pregnancy.
“We are excited to have CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield return as the presenting sponsor of the Community Threes program,” Wizards Executive Vice President of Business Operations Greg Bibb stated. “This partnership has delivered tens of thousands of dollars to deserving non-profit organizations who do extraordinary work in our community. We are proud to play a part in helping these organizations make a positive difference.”
During the 2009-10 season, the Wizards made 432 baskets from the three point line.
“CareFirst is pleased to once again partner with our hometown Washington Wizards for this important program,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “This sponsorship has become a fixture in our efforts to improve the health and wellness of District residents. City Year, and its work to teach D.C. teens the value of safe and healthy living, fits with these goals.”
Since 2005, CareFirst has contributed $630,000 to City Year and $210,000 to community organizations supported by the Washington Wizards’ Community 3’s program.