2K announced today that Diana Taurasi, two-time Phoenix Mercury WNBA Kia Finals MVP, three-time WNBA champion, WNBA all-time leading scorer and five-time Olympic gold medalist, along with four-time Seattle Storm WNBA Champion, 13-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird, all-time WNBA assists leader and five-time Olympic gold medalist will grace the cover of NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition.
Available exclusively at GameStop in the US and Canada only, the NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition marks the second cover in NBA 2K franchise history to celebrate WNBA athletes. Diana and Sue join Michael Jordan as the current cover athletes for NBA 2K23, with one more major cover athlete announcement tomorrow.
“It really is an amazing feeling to see your hard work commemorated on the cover of a game like NBA 2K23,” said Taurasi. “There are so many kids who dream of pursuing a professional basketball career, and now they can also dream of being on the cover of NBA 2K, whether they want to play in the NBA or the WNBA.”
“The response to last year’s inaugural NBA 2K WNBA was overwhelmingly positive and a testament to the W’s growing audience and prominence,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing strategy for 2K. “Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi have achieved greatness both individually and together, cementing their status as two of the greatest players in WNBA history.”
To celebrate Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi’s career-long commitments to ensuring equal opportunity for female athletes, NBA 2K is also partnering with WNBA stars to donate $100,000 to Every Kid Sports, giving young people the opportunity to join youth basketball programs across the country. The donation will increase access to youth basketball by covering registration fees for more than 550 girls from income-restricted families. Every Kid Sports is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids take up youth recreational sports.
“It’s amazing to see myself on the cover of a video game that has such a huge cultural impact,” said Bird. “And by partnering with NBA 2K and Every Kid Sports, Diana and I have the opportunity to open doors for hundreds of girls in this country who want to express themselves on the court. I am honored to be on the cover, and even more honored to use my legacy to bring these opportunities to the next generation.”
“This partnership with 2K and the phenomenal athletes involved is an exciting opportunity for our organization,” said Natalie Hummel, CEO and co-founder of Every Kid Sports. “We are truly honored by your support and commitment to our mission to close the gap in youth recreational sports access. I look forward to working together towards our goal of greater equity in sports by providing a pathway for underserved girls to reap the benefits of the game.”
The NBA 2K23 WNBA Edition will include the Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi WNBA jerseys as additional in-game content*. Stay tuned for more cover reveals and pricing when pre-orders go live on July 7.
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