The California Storm Basketball Club was founded in 1997 and since 1998 has been one of just 20 elite Nike-sponsored club basketball programs in the United States.
On January 1, 2009, the Storm became the first girls’ basketball club in history to be affiliated with a professional athlete, as the Storm’s most elite travel team was renamed Team Taurasi, sponsored by three-time WNBA All-Star and two time U.S. Olympian Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.
Team Taurasi will remain a part of the Storm and Nike programs but will wear signature apparel specifically designed and approved by Dee.
For three consecutive years, the Storm has been one of just 16 teams to receive an automatic bid to Nike Nationals in North Augusta, South Carolina, the most prestigious and exclusive travel team tournament in the nation.
Along with Nike Nationals, the Storm compete in some of the most competitive club basketball events in the country, including the Boo Williams Invitational (Hampton, VA); the Summer Slam (New York, NY); the Nike Summer Showcase (Chicago, IL); and the Oasis Invitational (Phoenix, AZ).
Storm alumni include active WNBA players Alana Beard and Iciss Tillis (both first round draft picks out of Duke University) as well as dozens of current and former NCAA Division I stars.
Storm players in the Class 2008 who have just completed their freshman seasons at Division I schools include Alyssia Brewer (University of Tennessee); Michelle Jenkins (University of Southern California); Casey Morris (Cal); Alex Carbonel (St. Mary’s); and Amber Coatney (St. Mary’s).
Storm players in the Class of 2009 who have committed to Division I schools include Brenna Heater (Cal); Shelby Smith (St. Joseph’s University); Julianne Downs (Belmont University); and Brittany Conger (University of San Diego).