About the Storm Foundation
The Seattle Storm has always had a strong commitment to the community. As a 501c(3) organization, the Seattle Storm Foundation builds on the Storm's culture of giving and supporting the community. The Foundation’s mission is to team up with youth serving organizations and the community to equip young people with the skills, desire and confidence to pursue their full potential. The Storm Foundation's strength is its ability to leverage the Seattle Storm brand, network and expertise to drive significant impact for its partnering organizations and the community.
2014 Pilot – Girls Leadership Experience Project
In 2014, as part of a pilot project, the Storm Foundation focused on creating and promoting leadership development experiences for middle school girls. The Foundation created a network of girl serving organizations to deliver leadership development experiences for these girls during the summer. The free program formed a diverse cohort of 70 girls from eleven different organizations. The cohort attended three summer events each consisting of a two hour workshop at Key Arena (pre-game) and the Storm basketball game. The workshops focused on leadership skills including identity and self-awareness, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and conflict resolution. They were designed to give girls opportunities to practice leading, to gain exposure to other girl-serving organizations and to interact with adult female mentors and role models.
The workshops were facilitated through partnerships with YMCA GOLD, Powerful Voices and Lake Washington Girls Middle School. Girls represented those three organizations and A Plus Youth, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Girls on the Run, Girls Scouts, Rain City Rock Girls, Reel Grrls, Young Women Empowered and YWCA Girls First.
In 2013, the Foundation set out to select and build a partnership with one nonprofit organization that incorporates the power of sport and fitness in their youth development programs. Several organizations were considered before Girls on the Run of Puget Sound (GOTRPS) was selected as the 2013 Foundation partner. GOTRPS was an ideal choice because its mission strongly aligns with the Storm Foundation's mission, with clear opportunity to create synergies between the two organizations.
GOTRPS is a 10-week after school program offered to third through fifth grade girls. Girls on the Run programming uses fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates training and completing a 5K run. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The program currently serves more than 900 girls a year from all areas of King County with a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. With contributions from the Storm Foundation, GOTRPS will have the resources and marketing exposure to grow by 30% and open the program to the long list of girls waiting to participate during the 2013-14 school year.
For more information about partnerships with the Storm Foundation, please contact
program director Angie Buysse at ABuysse@SeattleStormFoundation.org or (206) 272-2555.