SEATTLE STORM TO HOST GROUP HEALTH COMMUNITY PRACTICE

The Storm to Return to Tyee High School in SeaTac for Second-Straight Year

SEATTLE - The Seattle Storm today announced the team will host the Group Health Community Practice on August 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Tyee High School in SeaTac. The event is open to the public.

"We are excited to team up with the City of SeaTac to host another Group Health Community Practice," said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. "One of the most rewarding opportunities we have as a local franchise is to spend time in the community and connect with youth. We are grateful for the partnership with Group Health, the City of SeaTac and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority."

The Group Health Community Practice will feature popular events such as meet and greets with Storm players, games and contests with chances to win prizes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in Storm practice drills as directed by Storm head coach Jenny Boucek.

"This is a great way for Group Health and the Seattle Storm to partner with the community in what we're confident is going to be a unique and fun event that reinforces the importance of kids and adults participating in healthy activities, said Kris Greco Thompson, Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs with Group Health. "Just as we're inspired by Group Health physicians who demonstrate compassion and expertise with their patients every day, we believe this community practice offers an opportunity for kids to experience that same type of inspiration as they directly interact with the fantastic Storm players and coaches.   It's an event not to be missed."

"Having the Storm bring a community practice to SeaTac two years in a row is quite an honor and we are pleased to have such a great partnership with the team and the organization," said Mayor Mia Gregerson.  "Hosting the event along, with the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority and the prime sponsor Group Health, helps to emphasize our goals to increase the visibility of SeaTac and to help create a more healthful, active and engaged community."

In June, the team participated in a similar event at Nisqually Community Center, marking the second-straight year the team has hosted two community practices. The team also held a community practice at Tyee High School during the 2014 season.

About the Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm is a two-time WNBA championship team committed to bringing a premium professional basketball and entertainment experience to a fan base rich in tradition and support. The organization places high value on community and building platforms to positively impact the overall entertainment, attraction and economy of the Puget Sound region. In addition, the Storm is dedicated to local youth development in the areas of fitness and wellness; with a special emphasis on inspiring leadership, motivation and the empowerment of girls and women. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit StormBasketball.com.

About Group Health

Group Health is a unique health care system linking care delivery and insurance coverage in order to provide quality care, and a great patient experience, all at an affordable price.  Their innovative approach has made them a national leader in a new era of rapidly changing health care, yet their customer-driven mission and values have remained the same since they began serving patients in 1947. As a nonprofit organization, Group Health helps nearly 600,000 customers throughout Washington state achieve better health. Their focus on preventative care, combined with medical education, a charitable foundation and a nationally recognized research institute, advances health in the community in a way no one else can. Group Health supports events, programs, and organizations that share this commitment to strengthening health in our communities. For more information visit www.ghc.org.

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official tourism and marketing organization in South King County. The program offered jointly by the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines, is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for tourists who wish to explore Western Washington. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.

About the City of SeaTac

Incorporated in February 1990, the City of SeaTac is located approximately midway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. The City of SeaTac is 10 square miles in area and has a population of 28,251. The City is a vibrant community, economically strong, environmentally sensitive, and people-oriented. The City boundaries surround the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, (approximately 3 square miles in area) which is owned and operated by the Port of Seattle.

Contact:

Kimberly Veale; Manager, Public Relations (206) 272-2706, KVeale@StormBasketball.com