By: Tadi Abedje
In 2020, the WNBA season was played at the IMG Academy in Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA title in franchise history as they defeated the Las Vegas Aces, led by two-time Finals MVP Breanna Stewart.
President Joe Biden invited the reigning champions to the White House to celebrate their championship on the court and their social activism off the court. Typically, it is tradition for an American sports championship team to visit the White House and meet the President of the United States.
However, the NBA and WNBA had to forgo their previous White House visits due to their opposition to former President Donald Trump and his behavior. The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers were the last champions to go to the White House in 2016. In that same year, the Minnesota Lynx were the last WNBA champions to visit the White House.
The Storm not only features Stewart, but also four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. Those three stars also won a gold medal for Team USA in the recent Tokyo Olympics.
President Biden commended the team’s effort in using their platform to bring light to police brutality in African American communities, voter registration, violence against transgender people and persuading people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Associated Press.
“What makes this team remarkable is they don’t just win games, they change lives. 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,” Biden said on an NBC News video.