Seattle Storm celebrate 2020 championship with virtual rally, flag raising at Space Needle

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Seattle is a basketball city that bleeds green and gold. The Emerald City proved this during the years of the Seattle Supersonics and it has continued into the success of the Seattle Storm.

Even though the celebrations have been a bit more muted due to Mr. Covid, a championship is still a championship. And the added circumstances of playing in Florida’s IMG wubble for three months has to be a testament to camaraderie, talent and being mentally strong.

Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd and Mercedes Russell were at the top of the Space Needle a few days after the Storm won the 2020 title to raise a green Storm flag atop the Emerald City’s signature landmark.

Along with the flag raising, there was also a virtual rally held beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT that featured not only Storm players such as Bird and Stewie, but local luminaries from the city and the state – including King County executive Dow Constantine and Washington state governor Jay Inslee. Storm general manager Alisha Valavanis also joined.

KCPQ-TV Q13 Fox in Seattle also carried the virtual rally online on its website.

The rally not only celebrated the Storm for its accomplishments on the court, but for an element to the team (and the league) that has been a consistent theme – the team’s status as change agents in the fight for equality and social justice.

Sami Whitcomb even appeared all the way from Sydney, Australia – as did coach Dan Hughes. The rally closed with a call from Storm players for the country to vote in this year’s election and with an ode to the championship-winning Storm teams of 2004, 2010 and 2018.

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