On Monday (ET), the Seattle Storm paid a visit to the White House to celebrate their WNBA championship in 2020.
Sue Bird, Jewell Lloyd, and Breanna Stewart were among the three players who just won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Champions of major college tournaments and professional leagues have traditionally been entertained by US presidents. However, this was the first time an NBA or WNBA team has visited the White House since Barack Obama hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.
The Storm won their fourth WNBA Championship in team history, and their second in three years, tying them with the Minnesota Lynx and Houston Comets for the most all-time.
“What makes this team remarkable is they don’t just win games, they change lives,” President Joe Biden said. “That’s what winners do. They shine the light and lift people up. They’re a force for change. That’s the Seattle Storm, that’s the WNBA.”
The @SeattleStorm don’t just win games — they change lives. Whether it’s encouraging people to get vaccinated or speaking out for racial justice, they are a force for change. It was an honor to host them at the White House today to celebrate their 2020 WNBA championship. pic.twitter.com/MW317KDwgG— President Biden (@POTUS) August 24, 2021
The Seattle franchise finished the 22 games tied for the best record at 18-4 in the 2020 season, which was played in a bubble at the IMG Academy in Bradenton. The Storm gained a bye to the semifinals of the playoffs as the second-placed team.
They went undefeated in the 2020 WNBA playoffs, sweeping the Minnesota Lynx 3-0 in the semifinals and the Las Vegas Aces 3-0 in the WNBA Finals.
Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder also emphasized the team’s and the WNBA’s advocacy, as well as the WNBA’s role in helping Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their Senate races in Georgia.
Warnock beat Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream at the time of the election. Loeffler, who was a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, was chastised by WNBA players for her comments towards the Black Lives Matter movement last year.
Loeffler and her co-owners sold the franchise earlier this year.
“It feels good to be back in this place and have our achievements celebrated in this way,” Bird said in brief remarks at the ceremony.
In the midst of the five-game road trip, the Storm – the winners of the WNBA’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup – with their 17-6 record are currently third in the overall standings for the 2021 season – the WNBA’s 25th.
Source: MSN Sports