Marty Hartman, Megan Rapinoe and Katie Collier to be Honored July 10
SEATTLE – The Seattle Storm today announced the honorees for Inspiring Women Night presented by Russell Investments. The Storm will recognize three outstanding Seattle-area women: Marty Hartman, Megan Rapinoe and Katie Collier. These women have dedicated their lives to serving and inspiring others through their daily professions and service initiatives. The Storm will honor these three women with an on-court ceremony on Inspiring Women Night presented by Russell Investments at the July 10 game against Indiana.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the work of these women who have an immense impact on the Seattle community,” said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. “The Storm is so thankful for Marty, Megan and Katie’s contributions to the community. This night is an opportunity to recognize those contributions and inspire others to bring community service to the forefront.”
Tamika Catchings, who has announced that 2016 will be her final campaign in the WNBA, will be an honorary Inspiring Woman. The Storm will honor Catchings in a pregame ceremony at center court. The Fever forward’s off-court work with her foundation, ‘Catch the Stars,’ empowers youth to reach their goals through providing goal-setting programs that promote literacy, fitness and mentoring. Having played all 15 years of her career with Indiana, Catchings ranks second all-time in points and rebounds, sixth in assists and first in steals and free throws. She has been named Defensive Player of the Year a WNBA-record five times, won the MVP award in 2011 and was named Finals MVP in 2012. This summer, Catchings will represent the United States for the fourth consecutive Olympics alongside Seattle’s Sue Bird.
Hartman has managed the Mary’s Place day center since the program’s inception in 1999 and has served as the Executive Director of the organization since 2009. During her tenure, Hartman has strengthened the board of directors by cultivating board leadership, increasing diversity, expertise and influence. Under her direction, the organization’s budget has grown to more than $4 million in 2016. Programming has expanded from a single day center serving homeless women to two centers and six emergency night shelters providing safety and resources to more than 400 moms, dads and children.
Rapinoe, a soccer player for Seattle Reign FC, has played a major role in paving the way for LGBTQ inclusion in professional sports. Rapinoe has done philanthropic work with a number of organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the LA LGBT Center and Athlete Ally, which aims to end homophobia and transphobia in sports. On the field, she has guided Reign FC and the U.S. Women’s National Team to immense success during the last few years. Reign FC has won back-to-back NWSL Shields, while the USWNT was crowned champion at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Due to her National Team commitments, Rapinoe is unable to attend the game on July 10 but will accept her award remotely.
Collier, a basketball player at the University of Washington, has overcome numerous obstacles to stay on the court and continue having an impact in the community. As a senior in high school at nearby Seattle Christian, she was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Collier played for her high-school basketball team while going through chemotherapy as a senior. After overcoming the leukemia, she suffered a season-ending knee injury the next fall, prior to her first campaign with the Huskies. Three years later, as a redshirt junior, Collier was a starter as UW became the first team in program history to reach the Final Four. Collier is also a regular volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which supports ill children and their families.