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Make-A-Wish® kid Hannah "Storms" into Town


August 20, 2013


Seattle, WA

Local girl will enjoy a day with the team as the Storm and Make-A-Wish continue the tradition of providing a VIP experience for a wish child.

Eleven-year-old Hannah loves basketball. So it came as no surprise to her family when she jumped at the opportunity to meet her favorite professional women’s basketball team, the Seattle Storm, and especially her favorite player, Temeka Johnson. It’s part of a special partnership that Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington has with the Storm where each year they are given the opportunity to nominate one child for a special Storm experience. This special experience is an enhancement to Hannah’s actual wish which was to visit Disney World with her family last November. 

One of Hannah’s favorite things to do is to watch the Storm play on TV with her dad. Hannah has been an avid basketball fan ever since her dad started coaching her sister’s team. Even though she can’t play she is always at every game cheering on her family. 

Hannah and her family will be visiting the KeyArena on August 20th, 2013 to represent Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washingtonat the Storm’s practice and game against the Los Angeles Sparks. That day, at the Storm’s practice Hannah will have an opportunity to shoot some hoops with them and meet her favorite players (from 10-11 a.m.). Before the game, Hannah will enjoy some more court time as well as some fun surprises guaranteed to make her feel like a special part of the team. Game starts at 7 p.m. and doors are at 6 p.m.

About Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington:

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 5,200 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook at or on Twitter at @MakeAWishAKWA.

About the Seattle Storm:

The 2010 WNBA champion Seattle Storm is one of six independently owned teams in the WNBA, the world’s most successful women’s professional team sports league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a fan base rich with tradition and support. The Storm leads the way for change in the community with outreach programs for youth basketball, health and fitness. The organization looks to be an inspiration for girls and women while providing support and motivation to better the Puget Sound. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit



Donna Verrettto
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

Kimberly Veale
Seattle Storm

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811 1st Ave #620
Seattle, WA  98104

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Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington
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