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Players, Coaching Staff to Host Clinics in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

March 22, 2017
As part of Monumental Sports Global Academies , Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault will be joined by players Ivory Latta and Krystal Thomas, as well as assistant coach Eric Thibault, on a trip to the United Arab Emirates where they will conduct a series of clinics from March 24-26.  The goal of Monumental Sports Global Academies is to educate communities throughout the world through sports participation. ESM (East Sports Management) the leading provider of professional sports academies in the Middle East, will be our partner for the trip and assist in implementing the clinics.

Each clinic will be open to players ages 8-18 years old as well as coaches.  Prior to the start of each session, Mystics coaches and players will lead a discussion on the importance of health and wellness.  The clinics will take place in Abu Dhabi on March 24 th and 25 th at the New York University Sports Facility and the final session will be in Dubai on March 26th at the brand new state of the art GEMS Nations Academy.  

Monumental Sports & Entertainment is committed to bringing North American sports clinics to the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with Etihad Airways. Etihad Airways is the exclusive airline partner of the Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and Verizon Center.

“As part of our commitment to help foster the growth of basketball around the world, Monumental Sports & Entertainment is excited to bring basketball clinics to the UAE,” said Jim Van Stone, Monumental Sports & Entertainment president of business operations and chief commercial officer. “We are thrilled to join forces with our Legacy Partner, Etihad Airways, to create special experiences.”

A three-time WNBA Coach of the Year, Thibault is the winningest coach in league history and has led the Mystics basketball operations since 2013. That year, he added Latta to the roster and she went on to earn consecutive All-Star honors.  Thomas recently signed with the Mystics while Eric Thibault has helped lead the Mystics to three consecutive playoff appearances.

This past fall, Washington Capitals alum Peter Bondra served as a coach for the Pavlikovsky Hockey School program at the Zayed Sports Ice Rink in Abu Dhabi. Following his visit, Fatima Al Ali of Dubai was invited to come to Washington, D.C. to participate in a host of events.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 116 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 69 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and eight Airbus A380s.

Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, and is in the process of formalizing an equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit:

Etihad Airways’ sports sponsorship portfolio includes Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team which is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race; the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne; Melbourne City Football Club; Etihad Stadium in Manchester; Manchester City Football Club; the England and Wales Cricket Board; the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Monumental Sports & Entertainment association for Etihad with the Verizon center and its teams is one of their key marketing associations in the United States

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment, located in Washington, D.C., 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. MSE owns and operates five professional sports teams: the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and is co-owner of aXiomatic, which has a controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid. The group also owns and operates Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., which is annually ranked as one of the top venues in the world by industry publications Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today. MSE also manages Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus. The District of Columbia and Events DC are building a new sports and entertainment facility in Southeast D.C. on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The facility will feature a state-of-the-art training facility for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics and will also include a 4,200-seat arena which will become the new home of the Washington Mystics. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. MSE also owns and operates Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news. Relaunched in 2016, the digital platform extends its coverage capabilities to mobile and OTT streaming devices on Android, iOS, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku. Visit for more information.

About ESM | East Sports Management

ESM was established in 2004 with the ambition of bringing high-quality sports coaching to the children of the Middle East at premium sports facilities across our network of school venues. Today ESM is the UAE’s leading sports services provider for children, adult, community and corporate.

ESM works with and manages over 40 first class children’s sports academies with a proven track record of developing holistic athletes from grass roots to elite performance. ESM demands the highest standards from all our approved sports academy providers, who are required to have legal documentation according to UAE legislation as well as ensuring all programs are delivered by professional coaches and operated in a safe and fun environment. For more information please visit


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