Wear Orange Game 2022 Recap

Last year, we came together as a collective team to spread the awareness of gun violence safety. Together, we shined a light on the epidemic of gun violence in our community.

During this game we implemented activations that allowed fans to experience and learn new ways to support gun violence safety. Fans were able to learn more about Everytown and the different statistic surrounds gun laws in our country. On the concourse, fans were also able to create Sole Boxes to recognize victims of gun violence. Our players, along side the WNBPA partnered with Everytown to create custom shirts for during warmups. 

DC Victim Hotline

Call 844-4-HELPDC

WNBA Crisis Tech Line

Text TEAM to 741741 for free, 24/7 Confidential Support

Connect with
Captain Colin Hall, MPD

Call 202-715-7362

Email colin.hall@dc.gov

TAKE ACTION AND DONATE
The Washington Mystics, Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, Commanders, Spirit, United and D.C. Shadow announced an initial donation of more than $85,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety to support Everytown for Gun Safety’s Community Safety Fund, providing direct investment, peer convenings and capacity building to community-based violence intervention programs.
The Mystics have been a proud supporter of Everytown for Gun Safety since 2019 and are founding members of the Everytown Athletic Council.
YOU can take action towards ending gun violence and directly impact community-based violence intervention programs by adding to our donation to help end gun violence. DONATE TODAY
WHY WE WEAR ORANGE
Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15. Her friends asked us to stand up and speak out, and they inspired a movement. Wear Orange originated on June 2, 2015—what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday.
Now, it is observed nationally on the first Friday in June and the following weekend each year. This year, Wear Orange Weekend will be June 2-4, 2023. In our communities, gun violence is pervasive, long lasting, and impacts everyone uniquely.
Wear Orange is an opportunity to demonstrate our collective power as members of the gun violence prevention movement, bringing together thousands of Americans who believe that we can end gun violence. The Washington Mystics, the National Building Museum, and Everytown for Gun Safety are proud to come together to kick off the 8th annual Wear Orange.
Click here to learn more and watch a special video featuring Natasha Cloud, the family of Hadiya Pendleton, Shannon Watts (Founder, Moms Demand Action), Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA), John Feinblatt (President, Everytown for Gun Safety), and Jha D. Williams (Senior Associate, MASS Design).
In partnership with Everytown, the Mystics will host a special Wear Orange game. We will join the country in honoring survivors of gun violence and recommit ourselves to the work it takes so we can get closer to realizing a gun violence free future. Click here for game tickets.

Gun Violence Memorial Project at the National Building Museum

Courtesy of the National Building Museum/Elman Studio

Mystics fans are invited to visit the Gun Violence Memorial Project now on exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Presented in conjunction with Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group, the Gun Violence Memorial Project is a tribute to the thousands of lives lost to gun violence in America.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Gun Violence Memorial Project in the video Why We Wear Orange, or visit The National Building Museum’s website.

Go Orange With the Mystics this season! Date coming soon.

Join us at ESA to participate in the following:

 

  • See the Mystics rock the Nike Rebel edition uniform this season. Read more about the “RISE” story and how it seeks to echo the historic moments for gender, racial, and LGBTQ+ equality voiced throughout our nation’s capital.

 

 

  • Mystics staff and players will be supporting Wear Orange Weekend and will wear Orange accessories to support the movement.

 

 

  • Show your solidarity and wear orange to the game. Click here to purchase your very own Orange WNBA Logo hoodie. Proceeds support Everytown.

 

 

  • Throughout the game, learn important facts and figures on the impact of gun violence on our community.

 

 

  • Find out how you can make a difference in the gun safety movement with meaningful calls to action that can support efforts in the DMV.

 

 

  • Participate in different game presentation activities during the game.

 

DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

ONSE

The Pathways Program is a transitional employment program that aims to decrease participants’ involvement in the criminal justice system and improve their employment, education and training outcomes for individuals who have been identified as being at risk of participating in, and/or being victims of violent crime.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Health

The DC Hospital Based Violence Intervention Program provides services to individuals, and their families, who have experienced a life-threatening intentional injury. The DC HVIP partners engage with victims and their families while they are in the hospital recovering to create a support system that can lead to long-term change.

DC Metropolitan Police Department

DCMPD

The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency responsible for transferring and registering firearms in the District of Columbia. The Firearms Safety Training Program will provide information needed to comply with the District’s laws regarding proper transfer, registration, and safekeeping of a weapon.

Alliance of Concerned Men

Alliance

ACM aims to save lives of at-risk youth residing in high crime areas in Metro Washington DC by promoting fatherhood; strengthening families; and improving the quality of life of those who are incarcerated.

Cure the Streets

Cure The Streets

Cure the Streets (CTS) is a public safety pilot program working to reduce violence in the District by using a data-driven, public-health approach to treat violence as a disease that can be interrupted, treated, and stopped from spreading in some of the highest rates of gun violence in Wards 5, 7 and 8.

Training Grounds, Inc.

Training Grounds

TGI aims to assist youth and adults with personal, career and leadership development through various trainings, programs and collaborations by preparing economically disadvantaged individuals for living wage careers and self-sufficiency to empower high poverty, high crime and socioeconomically challenged communities.

The TraRon Center

TraRon

The TraRon Center exposes gun violence survivors to therapeutic modalities that may be absent from their current grieving and coping methods by equipping survivors with strategies to healthfully endure the complexities of loss- while promoting community health and solidarity.