CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Will Donate to Bright Beginnings Through Wizards’ Community 3’s Program

November 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) will return as the sponsor of the Washington Wizards’ Community 3’s program. It will be the eighth consecutive year CareFirst has supported the team’s Community 3’s program.

For every three-point shot made by a Wizards player, CareFirst will contribute $100 to Bright Beginnings — a first-time beneficiary of the Community 3’s program. The organization is a nationally accredited child development and family services center that provides critical education, therapeutic and family-stabilizing services for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families in the Washington, D.C., area.

During the 2012 season, the Wizards made 344 baskets from the three-point line, resulting in a CareFirst donation of $34,400.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Washington Wizards for another season of the Community 3’s program,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “This initiative allows us to make a positive impact in our community by providing D.C. youth with opportunities for success in education, while also providing children and their families with other critical services that help them live a healthy lifestyle.”

Since 2005, CareFirst has contributed over $240,000 to community organizations supported by the Washington Wizards’ Community 3’s program.

“We are pleased that our partnership with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is affecting our community in such a positive way,” Wizards Executive Vice President of Business Operations Greg Bibb stated. “The Community 3’s initiative is one of our premier programs as it promotes collaboration with a great partner to raise funds for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.”

About CareFirst

In its 75th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company that, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to about 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit www.carefirst.com.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS

The NBA’s Washington Wizards are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and the Patriot Center arena at George Mason University.