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On June 11, 2023, Sue Bird, the number 1 WNBA Draft Pick in 2002 to the Seattle Storm, has officially retired her #10 jersey. After 21 years in the WNBA- the 12 time WNBA All-Star, 5 time Olympic Gold Medalist, and 5 time EuroLeague Champion with literally DOZENS of other impressive accolades- gave a beautiful, thoughtful, 1 hour and 32 minute speech to conclude 3 decades worth of an impressive athletic career.
The monumental event included performances by recording artist Macklemore and a speech by her partner, professional soccer player, Megan Rapinoe.
“There is no one like you. You’re everything on the court that everyone could ever wish to be. All of the dreams that little kids have, you’ve done it all,” a tearful Rapinoe said in her speech. “You’ve given everybody this beacon for all of these years. How to be. How to carry yourself. How to treat people…”
“That’s what has made this all so wonderful. To feel seen and safe here, whether it was with the ball in my hands on the floor, or me out in the community, I could always be my ever-evolving self.” said Bird toward the conclusion of her speech. “As I’ve said, Seattle wasn’t always home, but that’s exactly what it became.”
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