There are so many emotions and thoughts running through me right now.
I’ve been watching Seattle women’s basketball since we had the Seattle Reign. My memory may be foggy (I mean, I was only 4 when the team folded), but I do know one thing: women’s basketball is deeply engrained into who I am.
I’ve grown up never questioning the athleticism, talent, ability, power, determination, beauty, or potential of female athletes.
I’ve also grown up telling people off for degrading female athletes.
There has never been a time in my immediately available memory that I did not know who Tina Thompson is.
With Seattle strong in my veins, I must admit I could never let myself be a fan of a competitor, let alone a competitor of her stature.
But when she joined the Seattle Storm roster, I was ecstatic.
I was going to get to watch Tina Thompson in that jersey I’d practically grown up worshiping.
I could go on and on about this wonderful woman, but I’ll keep it short.
Thank you for all you have done for the WNBA, all you have done for Seattle, and all you have done for a little girl growing up in a small suburban town.