Engaging with Storm fans — kids, families, season ticket holders and the self-titled Storm Crazies — is Hart's favorite part of the job.
Editor’s note: With all the excitement about the Seattle Storm’s championship run, we thought this “classic” Cool Job feature from 2012 might be a fun read. We’ve added Shellie Hart’s update from Sept. 8, 2018, with her reaction to this season.
Meet Shellie Hart, emcee for Seattle’s WNBA team, the Seattle Storm.
What do you do? I am the on-court entertainment emcee for our two-time WNBA Championship team, the Seattle Storm.
How did you get started? Since the tip-off of the first season in 2000, I volunteered when I could to emcee, then eventually they brought me in for all home games. I’m a radio personality with a loud voice of support for the team and the mentorship it offers young players. The whole experience is a blast!
What’s a typical day like? Report in two hours prior to “go” time to review in-game activities, entertainment, special features and my scripts — which I mostly glance at and ad-lib, LOL! It’s more fun to be spontaneous. 🙂
What’s the best part of the job? Engaging with Storm fans! The kids, families, season ticket holders and the self-titled Storm Crazies … all are incredibly passionate and dedicated to the team. I am the fan of the Storm fan.
What surprises people about the job? Hmmm, I would have to say the surprise is with those who attend their first Storm game and find themselves so engaged with all that we do. [There’s] tons of interaction between all including fans, Matt Pitman (arena voice), Eva (my little buddy) and Doppler, the best mascot in the WNBA. It’s more than a game, it’s a loud celebration of Seattle Storm basketball. Lucky me!
UPDATE: Sept., 2018
From Shellie Hart: This 2018 season is a special one, as we can feel the swell of fan momentum and support in and outside of KeyArena. This, too, is a very special team. To make it to the finals has been some of the most incredible basketball Storm fans have witnessed by female athletes who not only play hard with their hearts, but genuinely love and support one another and celebrate each other’s key moments and success on the court. A team not only led by a WNBA legend (Sue Bird), but loaded with talent and players who raise the level of expectations and make it so exciting to be a part of. Every player on our roster contributes, especially in those clutch moments.
For the Seattle Storm, it’s teamwork over everything and the fans are a part of that team. It thrills me to watch fans rally behind and celebrate this 2018 Storm team, and the players who represent our city and communities with strong leadership.
As a fan it’s been inspiring, emotional and exhilarating. A third WNBA Championship for Seattle fans is within reach, and I invite you to come experience the ride for yourself. Go Storm!