For the fourth year, the Storm partnered with the Austen Everett Foundation to provide Honorary Captain experiences for children battling cancer.
On July 1, 2018, the Storm honored Savannah, a very special young girl who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when she was just two years old. Now six years later and battling the cancer a second time, Savannah showed her strength to the Storm team, inspiring them to beat Connecticut. Savannah has become a huge Storm fan in part to a few special hospital visits from the Storm’s very own Alysha Clark. Savannah had the opportunity to chat and take pictures with Alysha and other Storm players pregame as well as join in the game captain’s huddle. After a huge ovation from the crowd, Savannah cheered on the Storm from courtside. Following the game, Savannah checked out the Storm locker room and got autographs from the whole team.
On August 19, 2018, the Storm honored Haley, an extraordinary young girl as our Honorary Captain. At just six years old, she was diagnosed with Mixed Lineage Leukemia. After being in remission for two years, Haley found out she had relapsed on June 8, 2017. After two rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant with her little brother as the donor, 10-year-old Haley is the definition of a fighter. One-year post transplant, Haley joined the Storm pregame and hung out on the court with Alysha Clark and Jewell Loyd. These are two players that she has already become huge fans of after some special hospital visits playing Uno together. Haley also joined Storm and Wings game captains at center court before tipoff to show us cancer will not hold her down.
Past Honorary Captains:
The Storm’s 2017 Honorary Team Captain, Adelina, was provided an opportunity to benefit from the strength and support the team environment provides by sitting courtside at a game and having the chance to meet the entire Storm roster. All players visited our honorary captain pregame, where they shared words of praise and encouragement and took time for photos and autographs on her new Storm jersey.
In March 2018, the Storm extended their Honorary Captain experience to four-year-old Layla at the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Layla had the opportunity to meet and play a little basketball with Pac-12 Networks’ on-air personality Tammy Blackburn, who has been battling breast cancer. Following her time with Tammy, Layla joined Stanford’s bench pre-game and met with coaches and players before being honored at center court with the Stanford and USC captains. Check out the video below to see Layla’s feature on the Pac-12 Networks.