New York Liberty’s Betnijah Laney Earns Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award –

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2022 – New York Liberty guard/forward Betnijah Laney has earned the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to the community, the WNBA announced today.

The award, which is named in honor of WNBA legend and Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, was created to recognize a WNBA player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the community where she works or lives. The award and its winner reflect Staley’s spirit, leadership, charitable efforts, love for the game and inspirational presence in the community.

Laney has made a major impact in the local community since joining the New York Liberty. Throughout the year and into the season, Laney personally helped and inspired hundreds of youth in the local New York City area through impactful and engaging community outreach.

“Betnijah’s passion for and time spent volunteering with young people exemplifies how WNBA players are dedicated to making a positive impact on the next generation, and the WNBA is proud to see Betnijah be recognized for her work,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “The efforts set forth by Betnijah and players throughout the league are a strong representation of the example Dawn Staley set and continues to forge as a role model in women’s basketball and beyond.”

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