Former WNBA player and social justice activist Renee Montgomery has gone from a player to part-owner of the Atlanta Dream.
As one-third of an ownership group that purchased the team, she is now the first former league player to have an ownership stake in a WNBA team, according to TMZ Sports.
In summer 2020, members of the WNBA advocated for social justice reform by wearing the names of violence victims on their jerseys. That same season, Montgomery opted out, citing the need to do work in the Black community.
After much thought, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season. There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community. Social justice reform isn’t going to happen overnight but I do feel that now is the time and Moments equal Momentum. Lets keep it going!
— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) June 18, 2020
She was drafted out of the University of Connecticut in 2009 and spent 11 seasons with the WNBA before announcing her retirement earlier this month. Two of those seasons were with the team she now owns.
During her career, she won two championships with the Minnesota Lynx in 2015 and 2017.
The ownership group also includes Larry Gottesdiner and Suzanne Abair of the Northland real estate firm, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
Blessings 🙏🏾 Moments really do equal Momentum. I’m so excited so can y’all start showing yalls support by hitting that follow button ➡️ @AtlantaDream #DreamPursuer 💭#momentsequalmomentum ✨ pic.twitter.com/D3cgEtZGzt
— Renee Montgomery (@ReneeMontgomery) February 26, 2021
This is a dream come true for the two-time champion who said, “Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously.”
My Dream has come true.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) February 26, 2021
The Atlanta Dream finished the 2020 season with a 7-15 record.