The WNBA’s All-Star weekend just went off without a hitch, and the Seattle Storm caused quite the buzz leading up to it! The team rallied in support of Planned Parenthood and the NBA, Gabrielle Union and more stars showed their love!
Great things happen when the NBA and the WNBA come together! The WNBA is a strong force, not only in athletics, but for the voices of women everywhere. And, the Seattle Storm made history leading up to the WNBA All-Star game [July 22], by partnering with Planned Parenthood. The Seattle Storm hosted a “Stand with Planned Parenthood” event during their nationally televised game on ESPN 2 on Tuesday, July 18. Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and other top players led the rally, which garnered the trending Twitter hashtag, “#StandWithPP”. Their powerful efforts to stand with the organization marked the first time ever that a professional sports franchise partnered with Planned Parenthood. Now, that’s impressive.
What made their rally even more special was the fact that the NBA and WNBA came together in support of the important cause. Not to mention, the men of the NBA are always down to stand behind their WNBA colleagues and friends, and vice versa. Isaiah Thomas, an avid supporter of the WNBA, even attended the All-Star game on Saturday with his children to watch the women work on the floor; the proud slogan of the WNBA, “WatchMeWork”! See Thomas give the women a shoutout, below.
The Seattle Storm’s pre-game rally even caught the eye of actress, Gabrielle Union, who happens to be married to Chicago Bulls star, Dwyane Wade. Union gave the women sweet praise on Twitter for being the first sports team to partner with Planned Parenthood. Dawn Trudeau, owner of the Seattle Storm, as well as the WNBA president, Lisa Borders, were also in full support of the epic partnership.
Speaking of NBA and WNBA stars using their voices for important causes, Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Russell Westbrook even stepped out with his stunning wife, Nina, to send a powerful message to the public. On July 18, Westbrook walked the carpet at Sports Illustrated’s second annual Fashionable 50 event in LA, in a grey tee that read, “Fight Racism”. The event, where Westbrook took home the award for fashion king of the sports world, honored the most stylish athletes in sports.
See amazing highlights from the rally, as well as Westbrook and Thomas’ support, below!
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 19, 2017
— NBA (@NBA) July 22, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 19, 2017
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 22, 2017
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) July 19, 2017
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) July 21, 2017
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