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The YMCA's 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Presented by Nationwide

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The YMCA’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast brings together residents, business and government leaders and representatives of community nonprofit organizations to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and promote his message of peace, justice and opportunity for all. The theme of the 2024 event is “Building Health in Spirit, Mind and Body: Addressing Barriers to Mental Health Equity.” The keynote address will be delivered by Chamique Holdsclaw, WNBA Hall of Fame member and Olympic gold medalist, who has dedicated her life’s work to mental health and wellness activism.  The event will also feature the presentation of the Make A Difference Awards, recognizing individuals for their work to advance opportunity and build a stronger, more inclusive community.

Purchase individual tickets below (if you do not have a YMCA account, click “Continue without an account” to purchase). To inquire about purchasing a table, contact Karen.Kolb@dmymca.org.


Make A Difference Award 2024 Honorees

  • Adult: Dr. Nalo Johnson, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
  • Youth: Victoria Williams, Ames High School
  • Organization: NAMI Iowa


About Our Speaker

Chamique Holdsclaw









Chamique Holdsclaw
Powerful Mental Health Advocate, Olympic Gold Medalist & WNBA Hall of Famer

Chamique Holdsclaw was born and raised in Queens, NY, she first made her mark as a high school basketball star at Christ The King High School. She later accepted a full athletic scholarship to play collegiately for the perennial Women’s Basketball Powerhouse University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summit. She went on to have a stellar collegiate career that included leading the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA Championships, which was the first time that had ever been accomplished in Women’s College Basketball history. After her illustrious college basketball career, which included several All-American honors and countless other awards, Chamique would go on to be the #1 Pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. Her rookie season was capped with a WNBA Rookie of the Year Award as well as her first of six WNBA All-Star appearances. In 2000 she had the honor of winning an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Aside from her outstanding athletic career, Chamique has dedicated her life’s work to mental health and wellness activism. As of late Chamique has devoted a lot of her focus and time making appearances and speaking at various conferences, panels, and events within the mental health community to share her own personal struggles with depression depicted in her documentary, Mind|Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, and how she has been able to seek help and manage her own mental health. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chamique is an ambassador with the JED Foundation as an advocate for mental health and wellness.

Keynote: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw: A Message of Hope & Healing


Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Nationwide Insurance
  • EquiTrust
  • F&G
  • Polk County Board of Supervisors
  • Athene
  • Bankers Trust
  • Drake University
  • Krause Group





Monday, January 15th, 7:30 AM



Drake University Knapp Center 2601 Forest Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311