WNBA Champion, Seattle Storm forward Crystal Langhorne retires, joins Storm front office


Two-time WNBA Champion Crystal Langhorne announced on Monday that she has thrown in the towel for her time on the court.

The 13-year veteran forward was originally selected No. 6 overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. She spent the first six years of her professional career with the Mystics and was named a 2x WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013). She then joined the Seattle Storm and became a two-time WNBA Champion (2018, 2020). 

After 13 successful and rewarding years, her time in the WNBA is far from over.

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On Monday, Langhorne will continue with the Storm front office as the new Director of Community Engagement, Force4Change.

“I am thrilled to be working with the storm in this new role. I truly believe in the Force4Change initiative and I’m ready to help break meaningful change…”

According to the Storm/WNBA website, “The Storm created this social justice platform in 2020 to combat racism and support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Langhorne will collaborate with ownership, leadership, players, and community partners to promote the Storm’s engagement in supporting meaningful change in our local community.”

“Crystal made vital contributions as a member of the Storm both on-court and off-court, efforts that led to two WNBA Championships. We could not be more thrilled to welcome her as she joins our front office team in a brand new role, which will build on her leadership experience and talents as we enter the second year of focused efforts to fight racism in this country,” said Alisha Valavanis, Storm CEO and General Manager. 


“It is exciting to take this first step to combine our commitment to our Force4Change work with our commitment to forward our players’ post-on-court careers with Crystal at the helm of this effort.”

The Force4Change campaign was launched by the Storm back in July, 2020. The WNBA was arguably the biggest platform for the Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name movements this past year and will look to continue those efforts today and for the future.

To read more on this campaign, click here.

Congratulations to you, Crystal!