Earlier this week, “The Boardroom,” a television show created by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman, makes its Top 5 Game Changers of 2020. Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud was named among the five.
According to the tweet, she was named a game changer because she Put “her community before her game & creating new business in the process.”
In 2020, Cloud skipped the WNBA season to focus her energy on social justice issues. She was the player who led the Mystics and the Washington Wizards to a Juneteenth march last summer to protest systemic racism.
While she wasn’t playing for the Mystics this season, her influence was still felt. Washington was the first team to boycott games on Aug. 26 following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Before this season, the Mystics weren’t the most visible team for social causes. However, after Cloud’s influence on the team, as well as other players like Ariel Atkins, the Mystics have now become a very active team in this space.
The other game changers were Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, tennis star Naomi Osaka and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.