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WNBA champion Seattle Storm visit White House, present president with jersey

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WNBA champion Seattle Storm visit White House, present president with jersey
President Joe Biden receives a team jersey from the WNBA champion Seattle Storm's Jewell Loyd (C) and Breanna Stewart at the White House on Monday. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their 2020 WNBA championship, and they presented Joe Biden, the 46th U.S. president, with a No. 46 jersey.

First lady Jill Biden also attended the event, hosting an entourage led by Bird and co-captain Breanna Stewart, along with coach Noelle Quinn and majority owners Ginny Gilder, Lisa Brummel and Dawn Trudeau.

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League commissioner Cathy Engelbert also attended the hourlong ceremony inside the East Room, which ended with a tour of the White House.

"Any time you get to go the White House, it's something where you're being appreciated and you're being able to meet the President and the first lady," Stewart said, according to the Seattle Times.

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"For us, it's also closes the chapter of the 2020 season, because this is the last thing that we're doing to really acknowledge that."

Added Bird: "It wasn't necessarily political. It was to meet the president of the United States. The person who holds that office acknowledging your team's success."

No NBA or WNBA team has visited the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, former President Barack Obama's final year in office.

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Storm players also participated in a conversation with members of the White House Gender Policy Council on Monday and recorded messages of support for gender, racial and LGBTQ+ equality, voting rights and pro-vaccination.

The Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Finals in October in Bradenton, Fla., to win a record fourth championship. Breanna Stewart scored 26 points in Game 3, the finale of the WNBA Finals.

The Storm beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

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