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Nike signs Breanna Stewart, Rachel Banham, Aerial Powers, Jonquel Jones and Tiffany Mitchell

Published on April 18, 2016

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Connecticut sensation Breanna Stewart cuts the net after leading the Huskies to their fourth consecutive women's basketball national title. Stewart also took home Most Outstanding Player honors for the the fourth year in a row -- an NCAA first. Photo © Lee Michaelson.

Connecticut sensation Breanna Stewart cuts the net after leading the Huskies to their fourth consecutive women’s basketball national title. Stewart also took home Most Outstanding Player honors for the the fourth year in a row — an NCAA first. Photo © Lee Michaelson.

Nike signed Breanna Stewart to a multi-year endorsement deal, adding to what has already been a historic year for the most decorated player in women’s college basketball history. In addition to Stewart, this year’s No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, Nike also signed Rachel Banham, Aerial Powers, Jonquel Jones and Tiffany Mitchell.

From the company’s press release:

Throughout it all, Stewart has shown dedication and humility. “My parents are my role models. They taught me the value of hard work,” she says. “The moment that rebounding for my dad at the YMCA as a kid turned into him rebounding for me was special for us both — it showed me that loyalty and support go a long way.”

The Nike family of athletes is eager for Stewart to join them, and many have compared her versatility and style of play to that of Kevin Durant. She’s proven herself a leader with a strong work ethic and a pure love of the game, who will be an invaluable addition to the team.

Stewart’s partnership with Nike will also continue to build basketball’s global footprint. “Being strong and bold while carrying yourself with humility and confidence is something I hope to share with young kids,” asserts Stewart, understanding that as a professional athlete, she has an opportunity to positively influence young players around the world.

The next chapter in Stewart’s journey takes her to the Pacific Northwest, where she will join the Seattle Storm. The team begins its regular season on May 15 against the Los Angeles Sparks.

This post is part of the following threads: 2015-16 College Season, 2016 WNBA Season – ongoing stories on this site. View the thread timelines for more context on this post.


 

Readers Comments (1)

  1. CALIPHZAINAB says:

    Bravo for the Young ladies joining the Nike company if the WNBA will go to revenue sharing 70 / 30 % along the NFL model expansion to Nashville, Kansas City, San Francisco, Milwaukee the pool of money could be generated for higher salaries so women wouldn’t have to work overseas to make a good wage. Hope the new WNBA commissioner makes it happen.

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