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WNBA marking Women's History Month
2021-03-15

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In celebration of Women's History Month, the WNBA announced plans for the league's landmark 25th season, which include the new campaign "Count It" and a 25th-season logo.

Among season-long celebrations to highlight the league's milestones and breakthroughs over the years, all 12 WNBA teams will host specially-themed events and fan promotions. The WNBA will also celebrate the ways its players have shattered expectations and have stood at the forefront of advancement, inclusion and social change for 25 years.

WNBA's Season 25 activations will include a roll out of various elements from now until season tip-off, including new uniforms, a new game ball, the launch of a new in-season competition and more.

The commemorative logo will be displayed on the courts, jerseys and game ball.

Select initiatives for the WNBA's historic 25th season include the following:

—The W25: To commemorate the historic season, the WNBA will select and honor the league's greatest players since its inception in 1997. These game-changing athletes will be selected based on their overall contribution to the league and community.

Consideration will be given to such factors as on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, as well as to contributions to team success and the overall growth of women's basketball. WNBA fans will also have the chance to vote on their favorite players and choose those they believe should be part of this elite collection of athletes.

—WNBA 25 Greatest Moments: The WNBA's 25 Greatest Moments will also be determined during the 2021 campaign, with the moments being ranked from No. 25 through No. 1 and unveiled during the second half of the season and the playoffs. Details on the voting process and timeline for both programs will be announced at a later date.

—New WNBA Outfitting and Game Ball for 25th Season: Leading up to the start of the 25th season, inaugural WNBA Changemaker Nike will celebrate the league's dynamic athletes with new uniform innovation with deeper storytelling and details.

Additionally, the official Wilson WNBA game ball will usher in a new chapter for the league, which is highlighted by Wilson's commitment to growing the game of basketball and their support of the WNBA and its players, coaches and fans through the most advanced, high-performance game ball.

—WNBA 25th Season Advisory Council: The WNBA has established a new advisory council for the 25th season, comprised of women's basketball pioneers and WNBA legends, to capture historic perspective, hear from legacy advisors and successful sports business people, and propel WNBA business objectives. The council is meeting periodically to help generate innovative ideas on how to grow the game and its fan base.

The advisory board consists of iconic retired WNBA players, including four-time WNBA champion and four-time WNBA finals MVP Cynthia Cooper; WNBA champion and founder of Electra Beverages Fran Harris; two-time WNBA champion and three-time MVP Lauren Jackson; two-time WNBA champion and three-time MVP Lisa Leslie; WNBA All-Star and current ESPN reporter and analyst Rebecca Lobo; four-time WNBA champion and three-time MVP Sheryl Swoopes; four-time WNBA champion and current University of Minnesota Women's head coach Lindsay Whalen; and Teresa Weatherspoon, five-time WNBA All-Star and New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach.

Additional advisory board members are Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East and the WNBA's founding president; Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions; and Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, 1998 Marketer of the Year for his assistance launching the WNBA and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

—WNBA Social Justice: Established in the lead up to the 2020 season, the WNBA Justice Movement is the platform through which the league will continue to lead important work in the community to combat racial and gender inequality, promote advocacy for LBGTQ+ rights, and champion reform in systems where injustice persists.

These collaborative efforts, led by the WNBA/WNBPA Social Justice Council, represent a continued commitment to advancing social justice and being a driving force of necessary change. During the 25th season, The Justice Movement will celebrate the league's history of advocacy across a variety of societal issues.

—WNBA Commissioner's Cup: The WNBA's 25th season also marks the debut of the WNBA Commissioner's Cup, an innovative and multi-faceted competition platform. A "competition within a competition" that features player prize pools, the Commissioner's Cup is composed of 10 designated regular season games per team and culminates in a championship game between the two teams atop the standings in each conference.

Uniquely, the Commissioner's Cup platform also convenes fans, players, and partners in local communities for conversations and programming centered on equality and social justice. The Commissioner's Cup Championship Game will take place following the Olympic break as an exciting jumpstart to the resumption of WNBA regular season action. Additional information about Commissioner's Cup will be forthcoming.

For more information, visit WNBA.com .


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