--Program to Benefit Unashamed Inc., Petit Family Foundation, and The Arc Eastern Connecticut--
Uncasville, CT (May 15, 2023) - Today, the Connecticut Sun announced Unashamed Inc., Petit Family Foundation, and The Arc Eastern Connecticut as its recipients for the organization's 2023 "Games for Good" program.
The free program, now in its second year, benefits select local non-profits each year in the state of Connecticut through the purchase of tickets to Connecticut Sun games and will provide exposure to those non-profits throughout the 2023 season. Sun fans will be able to purchase tickets all season long through “Games for Good” and a portion of each ticket will benefit the chosen recipients. This year, the Sun approached the program differently and gave fans the opportunity to nominate organizations they wanted to support, and out of the 55 nominations sent in, Unashamed, Inc.; Petit Family Foundation; and the Arc Eastern Connecticut were selected.
"Unashamed Inc. is humbled and honored to be chosen as a recipient for the Games for Good program," said Founder, Sana Cotten. "We are grateful that such an amazing organization will be helping us continue to do the work we are so proud of for the families within our communities and around the state."
"The Petit Family Foundation is thrilled to be presented with a Games for Good award," Petit Family Foundation President, William A. Petit, Jr. MD. remarked. "We are ecstatic not only because the funds will allow us to further our mission, as the demand grows greater each year for the educational, protective and chronic disease services we often fund, but also because we are also huge women’s basketball and WNBA fans!"
“The Connecticut Sun’s Games For Good initiative is a wonderful program; it helps bring additional resources to nonprofits and it also demonstrates the Sun’s commitment to being a true advocate for those who are most in need. The people we support are among the most vulnerable in the region. Community partners like the Sun truly help us further our mission of ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have as much choice as possible in where they live, in their employment, and in their community involvement, as they work towards increased independence.” - Diane Aubin, President of our Board of Directors for the Arc Eastern Connecticut
Connecticut Sun fans and supporters of these three deserving organizations can visit the following links to purchase tickets and donate:
"The Connecticut Sun is really excited to be able to honor these three local organizations for all the hard work that they do to make our community a better place. We hope that Unashamed Inc., the Petit Family Foundation, and the Arc Eastern Connecticut will use the donations raised from our 'Games for Good' program to continue to uplift and positively impact our community members, while having meaningful and enjoyable experiences at Connecticut Sun games this season." - Morgan Tuck, Connecticut Sun Director of Franchise Development and Assistant General Manager
About Unashamed Inc
Unashamed Inc. (Unashamed) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization. The mission of Unashamed Inc. is to foster emotional health in disadvantaged families that have experienced incarceration, foster care, and teen pregnancy. Through various initiatives, we are equipping families with the tools to dismantle unhealthy generational patterns and transition from surviving to thriving. We seek to support, inspirer and empower young men and women who have found themselves in difficult situations and sow seeds into their future - even when they can’t see a future in sight. Unashamed, Inc exists for the disadvantaged families in Connecticut that have experienced incarceration, foster care, teen pregnancy, and youth domestic violence.
About The Arc Eastern Connecticut
The Arc Eastern Connecticut provides advocacy and supports to over 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those on the Autism spectrum, and their families across the entire eastern CT region. For more information about our employment, residential, or day programs and services, please visit www.thearcect.org or call (860) 889-4435 x 116.
Petit Family Foundation
The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer-Hawke Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives.
The foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness; and to support the efforts to help and protect those affected by violence.
The Petit Family Foundation (PFF) is a 501© (3) public charity, EIN #26-0627813. In 2022, PFF has given approximately $750,000 in grants, awards, and sponsorships to organizations that are mission aligned with the Foundation. Here are few examples: The Hospital for Special Care’s Autism Program, The Jackson Laboratory’s Petit Family Foundation Women Teaching the Genome Generation Initiative, Hayley Injury Prevention at the CT Children’s Medical Center, The Center for Family Justice, the Community Mental Health Affiliates and the Space Foundation. For a full listing please view our grant section on www.petitfamilyfoundation.org.
The Connecticut Sun tip off the 2023 season on Friday, May 19 at the Indiana Fever at 7:00PM EST.
Established in 2003, the Connecticut Sun is a professional women’s basketball team in the Women’s National Basketball Association that takes residence at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit www.connecticutsun.com or call 1-877-SUN-TIXX.