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After battle with ovarian cancer, Seattle Storm founder dies

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Ginger Ackerley, the founder of the Seattle Storm and former chairwoman has passed away.

Courtesy of Puget Sound Business Journal

Sad news has hit the Seattle community as the founder of the Seattle Storm Ginger Ackerley, has passed away at her home (Jan. 5) after more than six-years of battling ovarian cancer.

Ackerley also chaired with the Storm and was a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) with her husband Barry (died in 2011) for 18 years.

Business and community leader Carl Behnke stated the following in a release by the Puget Sound Business Journal:

“Ginger Ackerley was a great steward of the Seattle Storm and the Seattle SuperSonics. She was a terrific manager of these teams and afterwards she became a statesman for the community and contributed to many worthy causes.

Prior to her passing, Ackerley won multiple lifetime achievement awards such as, the Washington Anti-Defamation League and the Corporate Council for the Arts. In 2009, she was named the Junior Achievement/Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame Laureate and was awarded the Seattle Sports Commission’s Paul G. Allen Award in 2016, to name a few.

Ackerley is survived by her three children – Kim, Chris, and Ted – who shared the following in a statement:

“Throughout her life, our mother displayed a personality and perspective that we try to emulate every day. She was smart and civic-minded – always willing to give her time, focus and insight to issues that would make Seattle a special and successful place and a role model for other cities. She was dynamic and driven.

Her philanthropic efforts across issues and organizations never wavered and always focused on advancing opportunities and access. And she was tough and courageous. We saw this first-hand as she battled her illness. Most of all, she was a wonderful partner to our father, a terrific mother and grandmother, and a friend to many. She did everything with grace and elegance.”