Crystal Langhorne retires to be part of Storm’s social justice efforts; Seattle signs Candice Dupree

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After 13 seasons in the WNBA, Crystal Langhorne is putting away her green and gold Seattle Storm jersey.

Langhorne, who has not only been an effective player on the court in the WNBA (as told by her two All-Star appearances) but who has served looks throughout her career, is calling it a career after those 13 seasons. Those 13 have included being part of the last two Storm championship teams in 2018 and 2020.

Langhorne is not leaving Seattle anytime soon. The Storm announced she will be the Director of Community Engagement for its newly created Force4Change initiative. It was formed in 2020 as part of the team’s robust social justice and diversity efforts.

She first joined the Storm in 2014 and has stuck with the team from its hard-luck days of the mid-2020s to becoming the team to beat in the WNBA today.

I truly believe in the Force4Change initiative and I’m ready to help create meaningful change. Our organization has shown its dedication to fighting racism and I’m honored to be able to continue that fight.

–Crystal Langhorne (Storm release)

Crystal made vital contributions as a member of the Storm both on-court and off-court, efforts that led to two WNBA Championships. We could not be more thrilled to welcome her as she joins our front office team in a brand new role, which will build on her leadership experience and talents as we enter the second year of focused efforts to fight racism in this country.

–Alisha Valavnis, Storm CEO/General Manager (release)

That was not the only bit of news that came out of the Emerald City as Valavanis also made a move involving the third of the big three veteran Indiana Fever free agents.

The other two, Erica Wheeler and Natalie Achonwa already were introduced with their new teams. Wheeler went to the Los Angeles Sparks and Achonwa joined Cheryl Reeve with the Minnesota Lynx.

The move also comes on the heels of Alysha Clark inking a deal with the Washington Mystics and renewed speculation about Natasha Howard’s future in Seattle.

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