Tradition dating back to 2006 hosts local leaders and celebrates their work towards equality

SEATTLE — The Seattle Storm announced today this year’s honorees for the Believe in Women Night presented by Symetra. Selected by a committee that consisted of Storm players, owners, and front office executives, the honorees are Kakela (Kela) D. Hall, Ijeoma Oluo and Joycelyn Thomas—who is also the recipient of the annual Ginger Ackerley Community Service Award. The event is part of Force4Change, the franchise’s social justice platform.

The three women will be celebrated during a halftime ceremony on July 24 as the team hosts the Atlanta Dream at Climate Pledge Arena at 3 p.m. PT. Dawn Trudeau, Seattle Storm co-owner, Alisha Valavanis, Storm President and CEO, Crystal Langhorne, Storm Director of Community Engagement, and Trinity Parker, Symetra SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, are slated to welcome the honorees during the presentation with gifts.

“Believe in Women is a fan-favorite and encompasses principles of empowerment and activism that the Storm family holds dear,” said Crystal Langhorne, Storm and Force4Change Director of Community Engagement. “We’re so excited to honor and amplify the work of these incredible women who have contributed so much to the fight for a more equitable society.”