On Wednesday, Minnesota Lynx forward Aerial Powers wrote an open letter to Washington Mystics fans on The Players’ Tribune. In the letter, she thanked fans for their support after playing for the Mystics from midway through in the 2018 season through 2020. The Mystics made two consecutive WNBA Finals appearances in 2018 and 2019 and won the championship in 2019.
In her column, Powers thanked General Manager and Head Coach Thibault and his staff, her teammates throughout the years, in particular Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver.
Powers also thanked two specific fans. One fan in the front row wore an Apex Gaming PC shirt that was specifically designed for Mystics games. Powers is a noted esports enthusiast and recently joined Team Liquid as a Brand and Diversity Ambassador.
The column also praised team owner Ted Leonsis and his enterprise, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Powers said that Monumental Sports is “first class, and they go out of their way to make sure the Mystics are treated just as well as the men’s team.”
If you don’t believe me, here’s Powers’ entire quote:
I cannot say enough good things about Ted Leonsis and Monumental Sports. Everything the franchise does is first class, and they go out of their way to make sure the Mystics are treated just as well as the men’s team. It’s like, The Wizards have a team chef? Well the Mystics are going to have one too! Or, Would it be cool for the women’s team to have their own arena? Yes? Well then let’s build them one! (When that place opened up, it was so dope in there that the men’s team started showing up — putting up some shots, hitting the weight room.)
Powers concluded the letter looking forward to her future in Minnesota as well, citing that she believes she will have good chemistry with General Manager and Head Coach Cheryl Reeve, It will be hard to see the Mystics without Powers this season, but I’m glad to see that D.C. remains close to her heart.