Candace Parker made sports entertainment history this week when she became the first WNBA player to appear on the cover of the popular NBA 2K video game series.
The Chicago Sky star celebrated the news on Twitter on Wednesday, acknowledging the importance of standing up for female athletes.
“Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in @ NBA2K history,” she said. tweeted. “I am honored to work with a company that invests in women and bets on us to be successful. I hope there will be a lot more badass women to follow. “
Parker, a two-time WNBA MVP, signed with the Chicago Sky earlier this year after playing with the Los Angeles Sparks for more than 10 years. Earlier in her career in 2008, she became the first WNBA player to win MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
The WNBA star, who grew up in a suburb of Naperville, Ill., About 30 miles west of Chicago, made the cover of Slam magazine in an issue published this month. The cover celebrated Parker’s return to his home country to play for the Chicago Sky.
She called the cover a “dream come true” on Instagram.
“Never forget where you are from,” she added. “Thanks for my trip. Summer Chi !!!”