Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise Seattle Storm have announced a new partnership with Planned Parenthood.
The top-tier American women’s basketball club will support the reproductive health care-focused organisation with a fundraising event at their KeyArena stadium ahead of their game against the Chicago Sky on 18th July.
Additionally, five dollars from the sale of each ticket to the Storm’s game against the San Antonio Stars on Sunday will be donated to Planned Parenthood. The Storm will also host an online auction to raise money for the charity.
Dawn Trudeau, co-owner of the Seattle Storm, said: “As individual Americans who are not legislators, merely citizens, we have felt hamstrung by our limited ability to make a meaningful impact in the national health care debate.
“Access to affordable, quality healthcare, including a full range of reproductive care, is a critical precondition for anyone - especially girls and women, to pursue their dreams and grow into their best selves.”
“We are thrilled about this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Christine Charbonneau, chief executive of Planned Parenthood. “The Seattle Storm owners made a decision to publicly support Planned Parenthood, making them the first professional sports team to make their voice heard and their stance known.”
The Seattle Storm are currently fourth in the 2017 WNBA Western Conference, and lost 91-86 in their fixture against the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday.