Field Level Media
24 Aug 2021, 12:19 GMT+10
President Joe Biden honored the 2020 WNBA champion Seattle Storm astatine the White House connected Monday.
A 20-minute ceremonial was held successful the East Room, with Biden and Storm skipper Sue Bird some delivering speeches.
Biden complimented the squad not lone connected its on-the-court success, but for the enactment they bash disconnected the court. He acknowledged the players' and team's enactment connected lasting up for radical justice, promoting education, protecting trans younker and encouraging radical to get vaccinated.
"That's what winners do," Biden said. "They radiance successful the light. They assistance radical up. They are a unit for change. That's the Seattle Storm. That's the WNBA. That's what they do."
Biden besides credited the WNBA for uplifting women and said the state needs to proceed supporting them.
Seattle gave Biden a No. 46 Storm jersey. The Storm are successful Washington D.C. up of their crippled Tuesday against the Mystics.
Bird, who is simply a five-time Olympian and four-time WNBA champion, said it felt bully for women's sports to beryllium celebrated astatine the White House again.
"I'd beryllium remiss and I wouldn't genuinely beryllium representing our league if I didn't speech astir the enactment that inactive needs to beryllium done successful our state and our communities," Bird said. "But besides the enactment that we person been doing, and we're going to proceed to bash it, due to the fact that this squad is special. And that's what made the 2020 play truthful special."
Playing the full 2020 play successful a bubble successful Florida, the WNBA played for two-and-a-half months during the pandemic past year. The Storm finished tied for the apical grounds successful the regular play astatine 18-4.
Seattle swept the Minnesota Lynx successful the semifinals and past swept the Las Vegas Aces successful the finals. Breanna Stewart won the Finals MVP Award.
The Storm are the archetypal nonrecreational hoops squad to sojourn the White House since 2016. No NBA oregon WNBA champion went during President Donald Trump's administration.
--Field Level Media