Being a new franchise in a city rich with basketball history like Chicago is never easy, but the Chicago Sky have earned their first championship this season. Founded in 2006, the Sky spent seven seasons near the bottom half of the league before making a WNBA Finals appearance in 2014. Now, with James Wade at the helm and a star-studded roster, the franchise appears poised to establish itself as one of the league's best. You can get Chicago Sky championship gear here.
Kahleah Copper (17.7 points per game), Allie Quigley (13.8) and Courtney Vandersloot (13.0) established themselves as household names in Chicago with an incredible postseason run after finishing sixth during the regular season and sneaking into the 2021 WNBA Playoffs. Still, it was the homecoming of Candace Parker that inspired Chicagoans and WNBA fans to rally around the Sky. Parker played high school basketball at suburban Naperville Central before becoming a superstar with the Tennessee Volunteers and Los Angeles Sparks before signing a two-year contract to return to Chicago last offseason.
Parker, a two-time WNBA MVP, was in tears after winning the title, rushing over to hug her family immediately after the buzzer sounded. "Everything that this team went through this entire year prepared us for this," Parker said. "It feels amazing," Parker said when asked about playing in front of her friends and family. "My high school coach is here … It's just amazing how Chicago supports, I mean we're champions for life."
The Sky's first-ever WNBA championship has brought a buzz throughout the Windy City. In fact, Fanatics said the Chicago Sky sold more championship merchandise in the first week than any previous WNBA champion sold in the first 30 days. Among the top-selling items are a Nike Championship T-shirt, Fanatics women's Championship T-shirt and a Fanatics orange Championship hoodie. See the full selection here.
If you're in the city of Chicago, you may have trouble finding championship apparel in your local brick and mortar stores due to demand. For Chicago Sky fans everywhere, however, WNBA Championship gear is still available online.
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