Megan Rapinoe of the USWNT, Sue Bird vaccination center of the WNBA
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird spent their Wednesday helping Seattle residents get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The power couple volunteered at the Lumen Field Event Center, the city’s first mass vaccination site. A year ago, an army field hospital was housed here to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Rapinoe, Bird Help Seattle Residents Get Vaccinated
Rapinoe, a U.S. women’s team striker and NWSL’s OL Reign, and Bird, a four-time WNBA Seattle Storm champion, were two of 500 volunteers on the third day of the mass vaccination.
The site has been dubbed the largest civilian-run COVID-19 vaccination site in the United States, according to the Seattle Times. There’s a capacity for 22,000 people a day as long as vaccine supplies allow.
The couple, who got engaged after exiting the WNBA bubble last year, volunteered with Storm.
“It was so much grief and grief,” Rapinoe told NBC station KING 5 in Seattle. “Obviously we know the death toll and how many people got them. [We know] How much COVID has touched people’s lives and how much it was a struggle. For us, it’s really cool to be able to do something positive and exciting. “
Rapinoe is training with OL Reign for the Challenge Cup, which starts in April. She will be on her European swing in two games with the US national team in preparation for next month’s Olympics. Bird and the Storm won’t start training camp until the end of April. The reigning champions will defend their title from May when the WNBA season starts on time.
Rapinoe and Bird were helping with health checks when people arrived at the site where the photos were taken. In the afternoon, according to the Times, they switched to directing people to vaccination stations.
Rapinoe, Bird remain active in volunteering
The site managers knew the Superstar Olympiad gold medalists would be there, but other volunteers and people who came for their vaccinations didn’t, according to the Times. The two gave a short speech to thank the volunteers. Many of these workers are city frontline workers who were brought across the convention center to help, the Times reported.
Rapinoe was in the WNBA bubble with Bird, where the 40-year-old won her fourth WNBA title. Bird also helped campaign for Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock in the 2020 election and the subsequent runoff against former Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffer.
The couple became engaged shortly thereafter and have been busy ever since. Two days before the presidential election, they attended a Get Out the Vote phone banking event and spoke to volunteers before their shift. It was pseudo-pep talk for the mostly Washington-based group.
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