Former Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart fronts new WNBPA documentary
Two-time WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart's on-court stardom and bold off-court union advocacy take center stage in a new documentary.
Why it matters: "Shattered Glass: A WNBPA Story" spotlights the work of the WNBPA, the longest-running union for women who are professional athletes, and does so through leaders like Stewart, the union's vice president (and a longtime Seattle Storm star).
Details: The documentary airs on Tubi, a free TV and movie streaming service, and highlights the union leaders' stories and what's at stake as the next collective bargaining agreement negotiation approaches in November.
Of note: The union's 2020 agreement included a 53% pay increase and maternity and fertility benefits.
Flashback: After winning four consecutive NCAA titles at UConn, "Stewie" was taken first overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2016 WNBA draft.
- During six seasons in Washington, she racked up accolades including rookie of the year, two league championships and an MVP nod.
- Last year, the 29-year-old signed with the New York Liberty and earned a second MVP before suffering a close defeat in the championships to Las Vegas.
Zoom in: In the doc, we learn more about Stewie's upbringing in Syracuse, New York, and see intimate moments with her wife and children.
Meanwhile, Stewie shared her favorite on- and off-court Seattle memories with Axios, like buying produce and freshly caught fish at Pike Place Market.
- "I liked to go to Umi and Wasabi; Rocco's is my favorite pizza place. Whenever I go back I make sure to try to hit them all."
On the court in Seattle, she reflected on celebrating with fans after winning the 2018 title and playing alongside 13-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird.
- "I appreciate everything that she showed me and taught me along the way… (playing with her) is one thing that I'll always cherish."
What's next: Stewart said her wish list for the union's next collective bargaining agreement includes additional roster spots, salary increases, chartered flights and pensions for retired players.
- "We want more for ourselves and the next generation," she said.
- "Everything that we're giving our time and effort for is not only going to be rewarded throughout our careers, but after."
Go deeper: "Shattered Glass: A WNBPA Story" is available now on Tubi.
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