"Our partnership is so special. We have a long-standing relationship focused on bringing the best of the WNBA to fans on Twitter,” says Kelsey Taylor, Senior Manager of Sports Partnerships. "From live game distribution to Spaces conversations to engagement opportunities for fans, and everything in between, we continue to grow and innovate, together."
Throughout its history, the WNBA has been at the forefront of conversations of social justice and instrumental in pushing women’s sports forward — and Twitter is the ideal place to easily bring all of that front and center. The diverse community talks basketball, of course, but they also Tweet about politics, movements, and how their own experiences have shaped their views of the world.
“Our fans recognize the role social justice plays in every aspect of our league identity, and Twitter continues to be a place where fans, players, teams, and the league can converge around conversations in the social justice space,” says the CMO of the WNBA, Phil Cook. “Twitter serves as a platform for our collective advocacy for positive change and awareness on critical issues our country faces today.”
The Twitter team dug into insights around fan engagement and behaviors and found that, in 2020, the WNBA audience Tweeted about social justice almost 13x more than the average person on Twitter. The players and staff of the WNBA are often using what they wear to spark change in the social justice community and show support for political movements, which gets the entire sports community talking on and off the timeline. The impact this has on the sports community does not go unnoticed.¹
“Conversations on Twitter evolve and become real change in the world. We want to help support and elevate the social justice conversations that are most important to this community,” says Taylor. “We also know that Twitter is a place for the #WNBATwitter community to support each other both on and off the court.”
In order to stand behind what matters most to the players, Twitter worked with the league and players to launch #ForTheW in May 2021. The campaign featured hoodies with the first-ever dynamic Twitter QR code leading to a pre-populated Tweet that people could post to show their support for #WNBATwitter. All 144 players and key influencers received the hoodies. Behind the scenes, much of the design and production was in the hands of BIPOC communities.