With Team Success, Seattle Storm’s Ownership Group Evolves,
Commitment to the Community Grows

Nov. 24, 2010

SEATTLE - Following an incredibly successful three years culminating in this year’s WNBA Championship victory, the Seattle Storm's ownership group, Force 10 Hoops L.L.C., today announced an evolution in its local ownership group.

One of the original four founders, Anne Levinson, is no longer part of the ownership group. The three remaining members of Force 10 Hoops include Dawn Trudeau, chairperson, Lisa Brummel and Ginny Gilder.

“As organizations grow, there are often natural times of evolution, and this is one of them,” said Dawn Trudeau, chairperson Force 10 Hoops and Seattle Storm owner. “Anne played a key role in the early formation of the new team ownership and we thank her for her contributions.”

In making today’s announcement, the Storm ownership also reaffirmed its commitment to serving our community.

“Our success is a direct result of our many wonderful fans as well as community and business partners,” Trudeau said. “Our ownership team is 100 percent local, and we love this region as the home of the Seattle Storm. In fact, in the coming year, we plan to expand our outreach and partnerships to bring the transformative power of the Storm to an even wider audience.”

The Seattle Storm's ownership group, Force 10 Hoops L.L.C., is comprised of Seattle businesswomen and civic leaders, all season ticket holders, who stepped forward to purchase the Storm in January 2008 so that the team would remain in Seattle. Their actions were driven by their shared commitment to the importance of giving back to the community and to the philosophy that women and girls should have the chance to compete at every level. The group’s announcement of intent to purchase the Storm was made on Jan. 8, 2008, and the purchase was approved by the WNBA Board of Governors on Feb. 28, making the Storm one of six independently owned franchises in the WNBA. Force 10 derives its name from the point on the Beaufort wind scale at which bad weather officially becomes a storm.